Brazil – Power.com, a start-up company out of Brazil has made its goal to be a social networking portal that enables users to access their favorite social networking sites from one simple interface. Facebook, however, wants no part in this.
Users provide their login and passwords for different social networking sites to Power.com, then the site accesses those outside sites and allows the user to view the sites pages without actually visiting them.
On Wednesday, Facebook filed a complaint against Power.com with the US District Court in San Jose, California due to what they feel is a copyright and trademark infringement, unlawful competition and violation of the computer fraud and abuse act.
Facebook’s compliant alleges the company offers products that solicits, stores and utilizes Facebook login information in an effort to access information stored on Facebook servers without authorization – to display material that is copyrighted by Facebook.
“After discussing the issues with Power.com for about a month without reaching a resolution, we filed a lawsuit to enforce our terms of service, maintain the integrity of our site and to assure our users’ privacy and security are protected,” Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman told the New York Times.
Facebook also alleges Power.com sends misleading e-mail advertisements to the friends of users of Facebook. The e-mails had return addresses that ended with “facebookmail.com”, and also claimed to have been sent by the Facebook team.
Facebook has offered Power.com the opportunity to utilize Facebook Connect, which allows users to access their Facebook account via other sites without turning over their login information.
Prior to filing their complaint, Facebook has made many attempts to try to prevent Power.com from accessing the site without authorization.
Power.com refused to cooperate, claiming they did not want to interrupt their service.
Facebook has now blocked access to its site from Power.com, which intentionally went around Facebook’s security measures in attempt to access Facebook’s servers without permission.