As a consequence, the judges refrained from getting the opinion of independent experts who could have looked into this specific allegation.
However, it was acknowledged in court that Studi VZ and Facebook “obviously share some similar and identical elements”.
Another factor in favor of the German site: When Studi VZ went live in Germany in November 2005, Facebook was virtually unknown in that country.
In November, Facebook filed another suit [PDF], this time in Germany.
The allegation in both cases: Intellectual property theft, with Facebook saying Studi VZ infringes on their site’s design, features and services.
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