Recently, I interviewed Steve Vachani, CEO and founder of Power.com, a one-stop-shop social network where users can access their profiles from Facebook, hi5, Orkut and MySpace. I kept asking Vachani if Power.com was in compliance with the other social networks since his service allows for access and mashups of the services. Vachani insisted that he was in compliance.
Apparently, Facebook didn't think so. On December 30, 2008, Facebook filed a complaint in Federal court in California. The filing is embedded below.
In the complaint, Facebook alleges that Power.com infringes on Facebook's trademarks and copyrights, and its unauthorized solicitation, use and storage of Facebook's users' login information to gain unauthorized access to Facebook's network.
You'll note that Power.com has taken Facebook off its site.
Here's my interview with Vachani, and what he said about working with other social networks.
Vachani goes onto explain that he views Power.com as a browser or a desktop. From one place, you can access multiple sites and services without having to have a relationship with each site or service. Power is just a launching point. And, mixing contacts from one social network to another is similar to being on a social network and importing contact lists from an email account, he said. The mash-up of networks is all part of this movement toward data portability and a single sign-on. "We call this a borderless Internet," he said.
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