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  • Google versus Groovle

    Thu, 31 Dec 2009 05:24

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    A Canadian company behind a search engine called Groovle.com has won a case filed against it by online search giant Google (the BBC has the story).

    More details (below) from TechCrunch:

    Back in 2007, we wrote about Groovle, a site that lets you skin Google with your favorite image, and serves results through Google's Custom Search. It seems that Google wasn't much of a fan though: the search giant sought to take control over the domain name, alleging that it would confuse users. Today comes word that their request has been denied by the National Arbitration Forum, in what Groovle believes is only Google's second such defeat.

    Google initially sent Groovle an Email on July 29 demanding that they hand the domain over. In response to Google's initial complaints, Groovle modified the site design to make it more distinct and added a disclaimer to explicitly say it was not affiliated with Google, but that wasn't enough to placate them. It's not hard to guess why Google was concerned. Groovle, while not simply a typo away from Google's name, does share quite a few letters in common, and the primary purpose of the site is to search Google's index.

    Groovle's defense includes a number of arguments, but the one that resonated with the NAF is that its name stems from the words "Groovy" and "Groove", rather than "Google". It may not sound like a big difference, but those extra letters proved to be enough to win the case.

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