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Google Asks Booble To Cease And Desist

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the toodle-oo dept.

The Courts 445

cosmodemonic writes "The folks at Search Engine Journal have the low-down on a cease and desist order that Google has sent to the porn search engine/Google parody Booble. It seems that, although Booble is claiming to be a parody (which is protected under law), Google is flexing its muscle because of the marketability of the parody." Search Engine Journal makes the reasonable suggestion: "Recent rulings may favor Google in the case, since Booble may be trying to profit from the marketability of the parody."

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445 comments

BooYah! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122578)

FP Baby!

Its Mine!

RAY LIOTA IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~`1 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122581)

OMFG have you seen the GTA4 trailer it's like slow and it's telling you all the stuff you did in the first three then the music kicks in and and tommy comes out and gets a gun the earf is quaking and tommy is like fuck this im outie and HE STEELS A RIDE FROM TEH POLICEMAN with mickael jackson singing on teh radio and he pulls over in a alley and that annoying hooker lady is like GO GET EM TIGER! RAY LIOTA IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~`1 and theres less polys but rawkin bumb mappings you can view this on a special SONY playstation disk that comes with EB games store.

pwned by GNAA (-1, Flamebait)

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Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (5, Funny)

Bandman (86149) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122586)

I hope Google adds this to their search features. Who wouldn't want to harness the power of Google for searching pr0n?

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (5, Funny)

bryhhh (317224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122599)

You've not used the image search with safesearch switched off then?

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (1, Interesting)

larien (5608) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122637)

This is modded as informative?

Seriously, check out NTK [ntk.net] which occassionally features "one of these pictures is not like the rest" links to google images searches, where normally innocent searches pull up some "interesting" results.

This won't work. (-1, Troll)

Krapangor (533950) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122711)

Just try this google search [google.com] .

Re:This won't work. (0, Troll)

cxvx (525894) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122799)

Just try
this google search [google.com]

Aargh, I've seen some terrible pictures in my life, but the one of Cowboy Neal at his desk beats them all :)

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122609)

They already have harnessed the power of Google for porn: http://images.google.com
and make sure you turn off Moderate SafeSearch.

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122639)

But how do you search for porn? That was my problem with Booble: I couldn't figure out a good way to use it. I prefer the sites that collect gallery links or let you browse galleries, like Sleazy Dream [sleazydream.com] and Hard Pics 4 You. [hardpics4you.com] .

(Posted Anonymously, of course :)

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122669)

pichunter.com iz teh r0x0rs!

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122770)

Thank you. Both sites immediately slashdotted.

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122811)

www.thehun.net --- NOBODY is better, *NOBODY*

No bullshit

Re:Can't Beat 'em, don't wanna buy them... (1, Funny)

MacroRex (548024) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122800)

I'd much rather have them integrate Cthuugle [cthuugle.com] . Pr0n is so much easier to find than the ancient secrets of Elder Gods.

Good riddance anyway (5, Informative)

Thomas Miconi (85282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122804)

Booble is (was ? ) simply worthless as a pr0n engine.

What, an "adult search engine" that returns exactly 0 matches for the word "bondage [booble.com] " ?

I mean, come ON ! Even altavista picture search [altavista.com] does better !

(Uh, hope my supervisor doesn't read slashdot too much...)

Thomas Miconi

If this is the law now... (4, Funny)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122591)

Recent rulings may favor Google in the case, since Booble may be trying to profit from the marketability of the parody.
...Then we'll have to give "Weird Al" Yankovic the electric chair.

Shame, I liked Even Worse a lot when I was a boy...

Re:If this is the law now... (4, Informative)

gvc (167165) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122626)

Yankovic once said in an interview that he acquires permission to use all material he parodies.

Re:If this is the law now... (1)

Epistax (544591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122648)

I thought he asked for permission to do videos, but not just to use the songs. I'm not sure the average singer/band would say yes to begin with; I have no idea how he could pull off a polka if he always asked.

Not trying to start a war over Amish Paradise, although that vid rocked.

Re:If this is the law now... (4, Informative)

the_duke_of_hazzard (603473) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122675)

Looks like he does have to get permission (as you'd expect). Yahoo news [yahoo.com]

Are all his concert songs with permission? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122684)

Doesnt he have some songs he doesnt publish for licensing reasons but still performs?

Re:If this is the law now... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122691)

No, he pays royalties for songs as well. You are recalling the contraversy over his parody of an Eminem song. He was given permission to make the song, thought he had permission for the video, then had the video permission revoked in the middle of filming.

Amish Paradise was the one where Coolio publicly stated he hadn't given permission, whereas Weird Al said that they had worked it out up front with his label, and had been sending in royalty checks. Apparently Coolio's label hadn't let him in on that.

Re:If this is the law now... (4, Informative)

Pete (2228) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122671)

He only does that to be nice and polite. He's not legally obliged to.

Pete.

Re:If this is the law now... (4, Informative)

ericspinder (146776) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122652)

...Then we'll have to give "Weird Al" Yankovic the electric chair.
From the Weird Al FAQ" [weirdal.com]
Al does get permission from the original writers of the songs that he parodies. While the law supports his ability to parody without permission, he feels it's important to maintain the relationships that he's built with artists and writers over the years. Plus, Al wants to make sure that he gets his songwriter credit (as writer of new lyrics) as well as his rightful share of the royalties.
So I think that Weird Al is safe.

Where do you draw the line? (3, Insightful)

Talez (468021) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122695)

It's one thing to infringe copyright with additional creative material to create a parody.

It's another thing to do a 5 minute knock off of a popular website and stick a giant adult store behind it.

Re:Where do you draw the line? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122787)

Your first example is not an infringement. It's a fair use which is explicitly allowed. Your second example is obvious. This is like me making a cola soda with vodka in it, canning it in red cans, and calling it "Choke" (for sale to those over 21 only, of course). Even if Booble has sales content, there is no satire or parody of Google involved. so it's straight-ahead trademark infringement.

Personally I don't see the problem, though. I think trying to legislate against and prosecute these kind of cases is stupid. Since only a brain-dead retard would mistake the one for the other, there really isn't any harm being done. If Google had had the sense to ignore Booble, most of us wouldn't even know or care about it. Now it's a name none of us will forget soon. If Booble had set up a competing web index at goggle.com, that would be a different story, since it would be obvious that they were trying to trick Google users into going to the wrong place. If you ask me, there's no trickery involved (as google isn't a porn store), so it shouldn't be an infringement.

Re:If this is the law now... (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122757)

People seem to be trying to counter your claim via the fact that Weird Al always tries to get permision before making a parody. However there are a lot of other parodies getting sold out there, and i doubt all of the creators are as curteous as Weird Al.

Spaceballs, Bored of the Rings, Barry Trotter, etc.

Come on now... (1, Interesting)

jigyasubalak (308473) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122593)

I thought the folks at google had a better sense of humor.

Is it dissappearing as a result of the impending IPO?

Re:Come on now... (4, Interesting)

kentmartin (244833) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122641)

What I find most interesting, from an unemotional viewpoint, is why we are so fussy about trademark, copyright and patent law.

If you think about it, we (and by we, I mean, the Europeans, Americans and Antipodeans among others) enjoy a standard of life far higher than our African/Aisan/South American counterparts. Why is this so:

Certainly oil and other natural resources play a significant role, but, I think the main thing that maintains the imbalance is patent and copyright law. People in third world countries can produce things for the same prices as we can - or even cheaper, market them in much the same way and can attain similar standards of education (the privileged few initially).

What keeps them "down in the hole" is the constant flow of money back to the aforementioned "lucky countries" who hold the patents.

So, if we start to let even the hint of trademark, copyright or patent violation start to occur, we risk a slow steady slide away from out massive privilege. Governments and courts must be aware of this and I believe that in certain cases they act accordingly.

I am not casting moral judgement here, beyond to say that most cultures tend to vehemently (and often brutally) protect their privileges.

Just an interesting sociological phenomenon methinks.

Re:Come on now... (2, Interesting)

CaptainAlbert (162776) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122756)

(Is this a troll? I can't quite tell. Meh, what the hell.)

What keeps these countries "down in the hole" are the repressive regimes that spend billions on their own comfort while the masses go barefoot. It's the crippling multi-trillion dollar debts that make it impossible for them to invest in schools, houses and hospitals.

There is no such constant flow of money to patent holders, or if there is, it's a trickle compared to loan repayments. The third world doesn't have very many drugs manufacturing plants because their economies are too immature. In many places there is no running water, let alone high-technology industry.

It's true that strict patent enforcement doesn't help, but it's more that it causes millions of deaths from preventable diseases, than because it hurts third world economies.

Why FreeBSD is inferior (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122601)

I can remember the days when a person who owned a modem and dialed around to various bulletin boards was considered cool, mature, and intellectually superior to your garden variety computer geeks. But of course when the Internet started becoming more prevalent, bulletin boards started getting cast as low-tech and amateurish. Mid-90's: anything Linux was in, everything specifically non-Unix was out. Now it's the early 2000's and FreeBSD is the new geek fashion statement. Those who are just now jumping on the FreeBSD bandwagon are thumbing their noses down at Linux users and calling them names such as "zealots" and "half witts." (While we're here, I want the gentle reader to take a moment to ask who here is the real zealot?) New FreeBSD users are citing mostly the exact same reasons for using FreeBSD over Linux that Linux users cited for choosing Linux over Windows years ago, although they are now more subtle:

* More reliable
* More consistent
* Better performance
* Better development process
* Freer license
* Smarter developers
* Smarter users
* etc

Trust me, it will take only a few years before the Next Big Geek Trend comes along and FreeBSD will not be the playground of the elite-wannabes. Instead, it will be relegated as a hunk of code that showed definite signs of promise but was ultimately hampered by too many "n00bs" joining the FreeBSD community thereby spoiling it for everyone. Or perhaps by an archaic, inflexible, development system or crochety old too-conservative developers. The particular excuse doesn't matter, only the fact that it will have gone out of style. The next new thing will be there to take FreeBSD's place.

Don't think for a second that I don't love FreeBSD. I use it on my computers at home and have several patches on my todo list that I'd like to work on and submit to the FreeBSD developers when time permits. But I also use Linux and Windows on a regular basis as well. And I'm not going to sit here and lie to myself and others by saying that I wasn't totally infatuated with Linux and other geek trends in the past. That, I think, is the primary difference between an advocate and a zealot.

Why can't I use RTF? (-1)

SMOC (703423) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122602)

Why doesn't slashdot support the superior Outlook RTF format for posting? Only plain-text, html, code and extrans (whatever that is) allowed.

Clearly it would be beneficiary to the OSS community if more open formats were supported.

Movies (4, Interesting)

CGP314 (672613) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122606)

What about parody movies like space balls? Can Lucas sue them because they made money?

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Re:Movies (5, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122727)

What about parody movies like space balls? Can Lucas sue them because they made money?
That's not the point, despite the fact that it came up in the article. In the case of Spaceballs, and the parodies by Weird Al for example, the works themselves are the parody. In the Booble case, the content is not intented as a parody but as a 'serious' service that they hope to exploit profitably.

The Booble people hope to capitalise on the marketability of the name; to claim that the name is a parody is a sad excuse. I could, for example, start manufacturing cars, call the company Dorkswagen, and claim that it's 'only a parody of Volkswagen' when challenged about the similarity of the names.

Re:Movies (2, Informative)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122732)

Nope. He might be able to if they called it "Star Wars: Episode 7", though. Especially if the parody was not so obvious. People might consider Booble to be part of Google since Google has sites with names such as Froogle.

It' just consumer protection, and defending their good name. People might find Booble a poor quality site, and this would affect Google negatively.

Re:Movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122735)

What about parody movies like space balls?

What trademark is that infringing upon?

Re:Movies (2, Insightful)

teridon (139550) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122750)

Did you RTFA?

For a work to constitute a parody, it must use some elements of a prior author"s composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on the original author"s works. See Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569. Your website does not comment on the Google website at all; it merely uses the Google look and feel and a similar name for a search engine.

SpaceBalls clearly is a new work, and, in part, comments on the original author's works. Does the Booble website make jabs at Google's company practices? Is imitating Google's design a comment?

I'd say Booble's logo, in itself, is a parody. The website, as a whole, is not.

Re:Movies (1, Informative)

dat00ket (249468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122783)

But for a perhaps more appropriate comparison, George Lucas did sue Star Ballz (not safe for work) [starballz.com] , a cartoon porn parody of Star Wars.

And as a slashdotting attempt to punish Google for suing people, here's a regarding the Star Ballz lawsuit. [google.se]

Google had too do this! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122608)

Booble was/is rapidly replacing google as everyones favorite search engine!

If Google wants to survive it had no other choice :)

Bummer. (5, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122614)

Pun intended. See topic.

Re:Bummer. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122674)

yes... bumher

Excellent (-1)

Abit667 (745465) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122617)

Google should acquire this and add a special Goatse Search feature so that I can find the latest Goatse site after its been shutdown.

I'm feeling Lucky (5, Funny)

bryhhh (317224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122618)

Why is there no 'I'm feeling Horny' button.

Re:I'm feeling Lucky (1)

sepluv (641107) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122642)

Apparently they use the term "animated" but basically yes.

I am feeling animated

Re:I'm feeling Lucky (3, Informative)

line.at.infinity (707997) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122662)

They choose one at random with Javascript:

var prompts = ['I am feeling animated!', 'I am feeling cheap!', 'I am feeling confused!', 'I am feeling lucky!', 'I am feeling nostalgic', 'I am feeling playful'];

Re:I'm feeling Lucky (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122673)

No, you just need to change it to read, "I want to get lucky"

bummer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122619)

Anyone have a mirror of any sort? Xstop stepped in to block it...

***
Everyone wants a semi psychotic imaginary stalker ex-boyfriend [ebay.com]

Foundation (-1, Troll)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122620)

Porn is the foundation of the internet. I hope Google doesn't crack the foundation. Don't want the whole house of cards crumbling down.

From the C&D (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122623)

Your web site is a pornographic web site.

That doesn't seem right. It's no more pornographic than google is.

Re:From the C&D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122755)

It's no more pornographic than google is.

Then what's the difference between it and Google? If there's no difference, how can it be a parody?

Marketable Parodies? (5, Insightful)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122628)

Like Spaceballs, Hot Shots, etc? Since when was making money off of a parody such a bad thing, as long as there is no mistaking it for the original?

Re:Marketable Parodies? (5, Insightful)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122709)

Since when was making money off of a parody such a bad thing, as long as there is no mistaking it for the original?

The point of the C&D letter, as I read it, is that Google's lawyers don't believe that Booble is a parody - but rahter that they use the "look and feel" of Google on their searchengine. To qoute: "We have recently become aware of your website at http://www.booble.com (the Domain Name). This Domain Name is confusingly similar to the famous GOOGLE trademark. Your web site is a pornographic web site. Your web site improperly duplicates the distinctive and proprietary overall look and feel of Google's website, including Google's trade dress and the GOOGLE logo." and "We note that you have given interviews to the press in which you state that you intended booble.com to be a parody. We dispute your assertion that your website is a parody. For a work to constitute a parody, it must use some elements of a prior author's composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on the original author"s works. See Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569. Your website does not comment on the Google website at all; it merely uses the Google look and feel and a similar name for a search engine.". So, if the Booble site _isn't_ a parody, it's perfecly allright to send them a C&D-letter. If it _is_ a parody, they are protected under free speach.

Question is... who decide if something is a parody or not?

Re:Marketable Parodies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122791)

Question is... who decide if something is a parody or not?

Same as everything else. Lawyers.

Re:Marketable Parodies? (1)

jackb_guppy (204733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122798)

I think google has a real uphill battle on this one.

First the domain can not even be thought of a simular booble and google .. what two o, an l and an e make it the same?

The graphic having a color pattern makes a trademarked logo. Remember google changes that graphic all the time. They are trading marking each image, so... they have already diluted the graphic.

Look and Feel as been the issue of many law suits between MS and others... guess who has won?

Wrapping in a parody flag may be the best way to piss off google.

But then again maybe google is concerned it that people will not search of porn on their site by turn off safe search.

Re:Marketable Parodies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122818)

1) "booble" and "google" DO sound similar. So google has a case.

2) The look is clearly ripped off from Google. So Google has a case.

The big question is, "is this parody", and the answer is, I think, no. At best it's a witty/punny name (not puny :D) for a product. And this seems to be the standpoint of Google as well.

No permanent slashdot link? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122629)

A search engine, like google, but that finds porn? Why is there no permanent link to this from the slashdot main page?

Re:No permanent slashdot link? (2, Insightful)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122729)

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be a "search engine". Try searching for likely subjects like "Pamela" and you get NO results. They "suggest" searching for "porn", that gives you a list of rated websites. I'd guess that's the only search that works -- unless anyone has more patience than me wants to try. It's really just a hand-compiled list of porn sites.

Mmm Booble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122632)

I haven't come across that one before -
Unlike youho.com ...

but what's better? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122634)

(a) Booble

or

(b) Google

or

(c) SearchKing?

or

(d) sex with a mare?

reminds me of the Fox News vs. Simpsons tiff (1)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122636)

Is google afraid that people would mistake booble for the real thing?

No, it doesn't remind you of that, for one simple (2, Informative)

SEE (7681) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122740)

reason; there never was a Fox News vs. Simpsons tiff.

Groening came out and said his comment was just a joke [zap2it.com] ; Fox News never complained about the Simpsons parody, much less threaten to sue.

Re:reminds me of the Fox News vs. Simpsons tiff (1)

Rostin (691447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122769)

No, I think the point is, if you use someone else's trademarks or names and profit from them, that's a no-no. They've presumably spent a lot of time and money getting their name, logos, etc recognised by people, and it isn't fair that some other business can come along and use the same stuff to make money for themselves without any of the up-front expense of marketing.

I hope they lose (3, Insightful)

twitter (104583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122643)

As much as I hate porn and as much as I like Google, I value freedom more and hope Google loses. Paradoy DESERVES to make money, it's creative. When you get to the point that reasonable men can dissagree, you have left the realm of imperical fact and entered the world of faith where government should not have a hand. How much creativity is involved with Booble? Close to zero and it's mostly repulsive and it did not come from Google.

Re:I hope they lose (1, Funny)

lewp (95638) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122658)

You hate porn?

Step away from the computer...

Mod this asshole PURITAN down (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122688)

The nerve of him to hate porn! WHO THE FUCK TOLD YOU TO HATE PORN.

Show you hate him, mod him down.

Re:I hope they lose (4, Insightful)

tgma (584406) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122700)

Well, I agree with you about parody, but there is really nothing creative about this - they've just borrowed the look of Google to create a porn portal.

Unless there is some very subtle joke here, I think that Google have a point. If Booble were using its revenues to say, fund free speech sites which are suppressed (allegedly) by Google in China, then that would represent some sort of statement. I don't see that Booble is making a statement, except that they are cheekily borrowing someone else's artwork to make money. Not exactly mass murder, as crimes go, but trademarks are legally protected for a reason.

Joke. (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122754)

Unless there is some very subtle joke here, I think that Google have a point.

The government should not be in the business of judging jokes. The joke is not subtle and it's not very creative. So what?

Copyright is an exacting thing so that people CAN build on the work of others - that's the whole point of copyright to begin with. As for Trademark, yeah the site is misleading, but Booble is not Google.

heh (4, Funny)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122646)

I liked the comment at the bottom of the Booble page:
Booble.com is not affiliated with any other search engines (for starters, we have a
sense of humor [booble.com] ).

New user to booble (3, Funny)

microsoftisass (707800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122647)

Thanks slashdot for introducing me to booble!!! P0rn is the backbone of the internet, glad someone create a easy and funny way to search out my fetishes..

cease and my ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122651)

If it wasn't for news like this one I would have never known about this excellent site! Thanks google

Its not that valuable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122653)

I can find porn much faster and more accurately with google than with booble, so I don't see why they have their panties in a bunch. Speaking theoretically of course!

One more reason not to use google anymore (0)

AlabamaPride (745070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122667)

besides most of the search results on google these days are just commercial indices to "Hot Products." Why use google ? What other options are there though ? Anybody here have suggestions on a decent search engine ?

Teoma (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122745)

Teoma [teoma.com] is giving a lot better results for most searches I try there compared to Google. Teoma does have some drawbacks, its database is not as big or as fresh and it does not have the extras like usenet search or a news search.

No pr0n. (3, Informative)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122668)

Well, Booble returns exactly 0 (zero) hits for the term "pr0n". So much for that "service". Try it on Google instead and hit the I Feel Lucky button.

Re:No pr0n. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122696)

Wow... I think I just found me new ASCII .sig

Re:No pr0n. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122771)

Presumably because that word only applies to geeks and nerds, who's idea of porn is a G5 without the cover on!!

Ooooh, NO! Google just became big/fat enough... (1, Funny)

fraxinus-tree (717851) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122676)

to became also stupid. Even making money, booble adds a brick to google's institution, and doesn't hurt google's busines. Pity.

Dear Google (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122682)

Please don't shut down the dedicated porn search engine Booble, I ONLY JUST FOUND OUT IT EXISTED!!

If this is about your own, you know, "inadequacies", you don't need to worry, I'll still love you, but you need to understand, I really like porn! :(

Booble Tips (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122689)

Tip: The most successful porn sites update daily or (at least) every three days.

Tip: In most cases, Credit Card charges will reflect the billing company or, a vague and benign reference to the Adult site.

Tip: Avoid sites that offer access to free pornography by requiring downloading of special software.

Tip: Never download any software unless you are 100% percent certain about what you are downloading.

Tip: Adult merchants don't want a problem with Credit Card companies, and therefore they do not want a problem with consumers.

And what about bloggle.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122690)

Will they go after Bloggle.com [bloggle.com] next. It's not a Web Blog search engine, but it does have a similar sounding name.

I think they're on solid ground here. (5, Funny)

pleasetryanotherchoi (702466) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122693)

...the marketability of the parody

IWTKAL, but I think Booble is on pretty solid ground here. This is clearly, clearly a parody site (in fact, it's pretty bad parody if you ask me) and nowhere near functional.

I mean geez, a porn search engine that doesn't return any hits for "Jenna Haze," "Cherry Rain," or "Belladonna" is a long way from "marketable."

Re:I think they're on solid ground here. (1)

liquidweb (154468) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122704)

Now that is the most cryptic acronym I've ever seen.

Or to translate to your language NTITMCAIES

Re:I think they're on solid ground here. (0, Informative)

pleasetryanotherchoi (702466) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122717)

I Want To Kill All The Lawyers

Re:I think they're on solid ground here. (-1, Troll)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122713)

I Want To Kill A Lawyer?

Booble - Google - profit? (0)

turbofisk (602472) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122701)

Did you notice Google wants the domain? Starting Booble again? On a nother note, this is the first juridical document that I've ever seen from Google... Otherwise it's more of a "hey buddy..." tone in their writing...

You'd think that Booble were raping Google... (-1, Flamebait)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122708)

Google: Cease and Desist!

Booble: No way, baby, you're mine!

Google: NO! Cease and Desist!

Booble: Not until I'm done with you I won't!

We put the Spring in Springfield (4, Funny)

irokie (697424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122721)

To shut it down sure would be twisted
We just learned this place existed...


The Simpsons has an answer for everything

Number 2 (2, Interesting)

bbrazil (729534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122731)

From the article:
2. Take steps to transfer the Domain Name to Google;

Now what could google do with this...

Re:Number 2 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122762)

protect it

Marketability of parody vs. marketability of use (5, Interesting)

ndnet (3243) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122734)

IANAL, but I think I see the line being drawn here.

Money can be made off of a parody, such as Spaceballs, because of the intent behind it - to make money directly from reaction to the parody.

Booble isn't doing that. Booble is using the name parody as an advertisement. They're trying to make money by using that as a pull, a gimmick, a trick.

Too bad Google probably has the name trademarked. Google now can use fair litigation to shut them down.

In other words: Google uses dark magics for good purposes, such as self-defense!

Google is a dick (2, Interesting)

relrelrel (737051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122739)

What's going to happen to these others? Like xgoogle.com (irc search) etc? Hell they may as well go after www.googirl.com.ar too, pathetic.

I've already lost all confidence in Google, they're just another ecompany who's lost their way.

Re:Google is a dick (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122768)

Hell they may as well go after www.googirl.com.ar too, pathetic.

Ar too? That's it, I'm calling Mr. Lucas. See you in court, buster!

Beep boop

Value (2, Interesting)

Popageorgio (723756) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122751)

Wait, so a parody is okay...unless it's such a clever parody that it makes you money?

Booble be Damned (1)

jchawk (127686) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122763)

After hearing about Booble on a local radio morning show, I figured I'd have a look. Booble is simple a clever spin on Link or TGP sites, trying to up sell paid porn sites. Booble gets a commission when you click any link and sign up for a premium site.

You're better off just going to the hun for your porn. :-P

Call it... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122765)

Tittle...

It's a real word, it's a parody, everybody wins!

Google should buy Booble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8122774)

and seperate porn search into its own space. This way, searching the web would improve alot - and searching for porn too :)

Why this isn't bad (5, Insightful)

AltControlsDelete (642641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122779)

I understand that the spate of frivilous and poorly thought out litigation that has swept over the Internet in the past few years has made everyone who appreciates the freedom that the net offers cringe when they see lawsuits and C&Ds like this one. However, Google's concerns don't appear to be unfounded.

The comments that I've seen so far have been quick to point out that parodies such as Spaceballs and Hot Shots! made money and were protected, but the analogy falls down quicky, in my opinion. The Booble site looks exactly like Google, and the only indication (from the front page) that you're not dealing with the same company and the same search technology is the fine print at the bottom of the page that Joe Internet User couldn't read and understand if he wanted to. Going back to the film parody analogy, Booble's parody of Google would be akin to Mel Brooks casting Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode VII: Spaceballs and creating a film that looked and felt like it fit in the series, while providing a small disclaimer at the beginning that it wasn't affiliated with the franchise.

Most litigation and "big guy ordering little guy to C&D" that we see is bad and hurts everybody, but there are still times when it's legitimate. I submit that Google has done what it had to do in this case, and that we shouldn't all immediately run to back the little guy without considering the situation.

Just a marketing strategy (1)

erykjj (213892) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122785)

In my opinion, it's just a marketing strategy to get attention for their site, which they can change to something else in the future and keep all the 'clients'.

This was brought up... (1)

hookedup (630460) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122801)

On an adult webmaster board a couple of days ago. The owner of booble posted a reply to the thread saying he believed he was completely protected by the 1st amendment. It was a parody site he claimed.

Well...looks like he was wrong...

booble (0)

pklong (323451) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122813)

Ooops it looks like Booble made a boobie.

Philip

So why has not google..... (1)

Ironstud (134877) | more than 10 years ago | (#8122817)

Why hasn't google gone after goggle or other closely spelled web domains similar to google?

I had users go to goggle and be stuck with many popups.
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