Jeffrey Fisher on Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:36:44 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Facebook demands Cease & Desist for the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine"

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 6:23 AM, Florian Cramer <>wrote:

> On Monday, January 11 2010, 12:45 (-0500), paolo - molleindustria wrote:
> > I think the key of the cease and desist letter (aside of the IP
> > infringement that can be defended as fair use/parody) is the login
> > information. Both projects ask for the Facebook username and password, a
> > practice similar to the malicious phishing. FB has APIs that allow third
> > parties to interface with their system but the login process is never
> > "outsourced" as it potentially grants access to private data of unaware
> > users (the friends of the user).
> But, on the other hand, since both sites are software applications
> accessing Facebook and providing an interface between the user and
> Facebook's server, Facebbook could just as well send Cease and Desist
> letters to all operators of web proxy servers and even to all
> manufacturers of web browsers.
> Florian

I was thinking more about an application like Tweetdeck, which
collects your login information so as to retrieve your FB news feed
and post to your FB wall. If collection of login info is the tack
they're taking, there are a number of apps used by a lot of people
that should receive C&D notifications.


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