Facebook to trademark the word “book”?

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Can somebody claim that they own the word “book”? The aforementioned word has been used by individuals since the dawn of time. Now, a popular social networking site is staking its claim over the word “book”.

According to tech site Ars Technica, Facebook is claiming the word “book” in their newly revised version of its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.”

The report stated that a particular line in the statement of rights in the company said, “You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Book and Wall), or any confusingly similar marks, except as expressly permitted by our Brand Usage Guidelines or with our prior written permission.”

Though Facebook doesn’t have a registered trademark on the word “book”, it can assert trademark rights based on its use of a term.

The social networking giant currently has 73 active trademarks. These includes trademarks for the words, “Facebook”, “Like”, “F”, “Face”, “FB”, the number “0”, “Facebook Developer Garage”, “Wall”, “Facepile” and many others.

The tech site is reporting that Facebook has a pending trademark application in the European Union regarding the word “book”. But the status of the said application is said to be heavily opposed.