Rupert Murdoch Suing The Sky Out Of Skype

from the good-luck-with-that dept

With Skype announcing a planned IPO this week, there didn't seem to be that much to comment on. However, people digging through the filing found one previously unknown tidbit that's generating some buzz. Apparently, the Rupert Murdoch-owned satellite broadcasting company BskyB has been involved in a long legal battle with Skype over its name. Apparently, BSkyB thinks anything using the letters "sky" infringes on its trademark. Of course, it's difficult to see how anyone could possibly be confused, but BSkyB claims to have market research that says otherwise, and apparently an EU ruling has agreed -- though Skype is planning to appeal.


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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 12:55pm

    Never heard of BSkyB Before -eom

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:44pm

    BskyB who?

    So are they gonna sue Sky.com? Sky and Telescope magazine? Sky.FM? Sky News? The Chicago Sky (WNBA)? I mean come on people. get a life!

     

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    Lee, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:46pm

    Re: BskyB who?

    They're unlikely to sue sky.com: they ARE sky.com.

     

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    lavi d (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:46pm

    Skyy

    Gonna havta change vodkas, I guess.

     

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    kilroy, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:47pm

    and don't forget ....

    all those books, songs & poems that use the word sky. Some lawyer somewhere is going to get very rich !

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re: BskyB who?

    I believe they're Sky News as well....

     

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    bishboria (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:48pm

    Re: BskyB who?

    They also own Sky News :)

     

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    ZX, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:52pm

    BSkyB

    News Corp. only own 38% of BSkyB, not even a majority, rendering the title incorrect.

    @Berenerd British Sky Broadcasting "BSkyB" trades as Sky. It owns Sky.com and Sky News. It sells TV, Internet and Phone in the UK and has an all lower-case logo (a bit like skype).

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:59pm

    Pe?

    So when Skype loses, they have to change their name to.. Pe?

    I almost want Murdoch to win this one.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Skyy

    Meh, be a man and switch to Irish whiskey...

     

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    RobShaver (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:11pm

    advertising.com

    Didn't you just cover a similar story about advertising.com loosing just such a clam?

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:11pm

    I feel like the faster Rupert Murdoch.........moves on to a better place, to put it nicely......the better off the world will be. I wonder if there's a special ring in hell for greedy a$$holes that abuse their power like this.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:13pm

    skynet cant come too soon with all this foolishness...

     

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    drew (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:18pm

    too slow!

    I was just about to mail you this one across.
    bloody ridiculous from murdoch again

     

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    cc (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:25pm

    Re: Re: Skyy

    Real men drink pure ethanol!

    But, real real men drink ethernet.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Skyy

    "But, real real men drink ethernet."

    I have too much fiber in my diet for ethernet....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 2:59pm

    Re: Pe?

    I always liked iTalkIP.

     

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    IronM@sk, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 3:25pm

    Re: advertising.com

    Loose? Perhaps they should have had tighter control.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 4:02pm

    How the hell did Skype lose that muppet of a case? Anyone with half a brain can see they are not the same.

     

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    Vincent Clement, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 4:52pm

    Is there a full moon out? One company is filing a trademark infringement lawsuit for an infringement that has yet to happen. And now you have Murdoch suing a company because it has the word 'sky' in it's name.

     

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    Stever, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 5:26pm

    SkyDrive

    Will Microsoft be suied over their use of the term skydrive with Office 2010. I bet not as Microsoft are a little large for that. Is this a case of just bullying by someone more powerful. Dont look up the s_y is falling.
    Please!
    If it were BSkype or even SkypeB you would think that justified. However it isnt.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 6:07pm

    Maybe The BBC Should Sue BSkyB

    The company name has the same number of Bs in it, which clearly makes it confusingly similar.

     

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    Greg, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 6:48pm

    This just in

    In a crazy turn of events, the makers of KY Jelly are suing Newscorp for the use of their "ky" in their sky brand. They have further justified this claim by exhibiting key survey respondents who couldn't differentiate the two companies when asked which one provides a stimulating entertainment experience.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Aug 12th, 2010 @ 1:53am

    What is this blue thing up in the air? Let's sue nature too, Sky...

    Next, sue all those people that claim that the Sky is falling, as that's clearly slander!

    GFY, Murdoch, and crawl back under your bridge.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Aug 12th, 2010 @ 1:54am

    Re: Re: Skyy

    Don't you mean Whisky?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2010 @ 5:09am

    Re: Re: Re: BskyB who?

    But will that really stop them from suing themselves?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2010 @ 5:10am

    Re: Re: Pe?

    They should raise their middle fingers and change the name to Murtalk.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 12th, 2010 @ 5:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Skyy

    Dammit, can't believe I just did that....

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 12th, 2010 @ 6:53am

    Re:

    If so that means I certainly won't be seeing any politicians down there. Such a wonderful thought; I hope its true.

     

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    Dave, Aug 12th, 2010 @ 12:31pm

    Spam

    Hmm. Seems we have the smell of spam wafting in from the sewers!

     

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    eas_inside, Sep 12th, 2013 @ 6:58pm

    Re: Pe?

    just one more 'e' in the end, then voila! You know what I mean.

     

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