Facebook loses suit against German lookalike

“US social networking website Facebook failed on Tuesday in its legal attempt in Germany to prove that lookalike competitor StudiVZ had copied its design.

Facebook had alleged that StudiVZ, which has many more subscribers in Germany than the US giant’s German language site, had copied its design and illegally got hold of the codes needed to re-create its graphics and features.

But a court in Cologne, western Germany, disagreed.

“Although there are overlaps and similarities between the two sites that are impossible to overlook, no dishonest copying could be established by the judge,” the court said in a statement.”

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