Jews for Jesus in X-mas spirit, sue Google over blog

December 24, 2005 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Reuters reports that Jews for Jesus, an evangelical Christian group, has sued Google for hosting a “Jews for Jesus” blog in its popular Blogger service. The blog, which can be found at http://jewsforjesus.blogspot.com/, is not affiliated with the religious group and appears to be critical of the organization. According to Susan Perlman, associate executive director of Jews for Jesus,”One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that there is freedom of expression, but there should be a protection … so that organizations like ours can represent ourselves.”

The suit was filed in the Southern District of New York. Jews for Jesus and Google are both based in Northern California.

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  • […] Eric Goldman, a professor at Marquette Law School, has written this post on the lawsuit that Jews for Jesus filed against Google, host of the Jews for Jesus blog (http://jewsforjesus.blogspot.com/), which, as previously noted, has no affiliation with the religious group.  Goldman also provided a link to the complaint, which can be found here.  This is a fantastic post, including a discussion of trademark infringement and third-level subdomains and differences between this lawsuit and the Geico-Google keyword ads lawsuit.  Goldman’s conclusion?  I’ll leave that to him: This lawsuit shares one strong commonality with the Google keyword lawsuits–the plaintiff is suing the wrong party. If Jews for Jesus really believes that the blog is infringing its trademark, sue the blogger, but leave the blog service provider out of it. […]

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