July 13, 2011 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] Santa Barbara, California - Early Tuesday morning the independent iOS developer behind the application Facemouth has been sent a cease and desist letter from Facebook for using "face" in the application's title. The Facemouth app lets you create videos as your favorite celebrity by using your device's front facing camera and superimposing your mouth on a chosen celebrity. If this sounds familiar, Conan O'Brien used this technique for years interviewing various guests.
Facebook writes, "As a result of the considerable publicity afforded the FACEBOOK mark and the enormous and loyal base of customers that Facebook has for its services, the FACEBOOK mark has extensive consumer recognition and is, indisputably, famous and entitled to all the protections afforded famous trademarks."
This is not the first cease and desist Facebook has issued over their marks. The creator behind Facemouth, Chase Blossom, states, "I was well aware of the Lamebook and Teachbook cases when I created the app but our application isn't near the realm of a social networking site. I didn't think we were close to infringement."
Blossom adds, "Timing is always a funny thing. Yesterday we're dancing around like monkeys because BuzzFeed featured Facemouth on their homepage. Today, we're wondering what we're going to do about this Facebook situation. Life. Don't you love it?"
Facemouth was designed and developed in Santa Barbara, California by Chase Blossom. Facemouth is the first iOS application developed by the independent developer, which allows you to create videos as celebrities. Copyright (C) 2011 Chase Blossom. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.