The IPKat's friend Arpan Banerjee has drawn his attention to this piece in The Telegraph concerning the launch in Pakistan of a "rival Facebook" under the name MillatFacebook, taking its name from the Urdu term for 'freedom'. According to the article, the intention of its backers was to register their disapproval of the images of the Muslim prophet and to offer an alternative to a site that has also been criticised for its lax and confusing privacy controls.
"In fact, from the blue navigation panel to the map of the world, the login page bears a remarkable similarity to Facebook".In this context Arpan asks:
1. Can passing off be alleged? Despite the similarity in logos, there doesn't seem to be confusion or deception in case of these "protest products";
2. In the case of Millatfacebook, is the decision of the European Court of Justice in LTJ Diffusion (the ARTHUR ET FELICIE case) relevant?
3. If copyright infringement is alleged, to what extent is Facebook's interface protectable as an artistic work?
4. What about a freedom of speech/satire defence?
5. Can "blasphemous" websites like Facebook lose their IP privileges for breaching public morals ? What about countries with Islamic constitutions which place great importance on public morals?
Millet here and here
Mullet here and here