SONY AK – The Case of Corporate’s Arrogance?
A couple of hours ago, Indonesian onliners – Twitterers, Kaskusers, bloggers – were outraged due to a news regarding a law suit against Sony Arianto Kurniawan. The law suit is filed by SONY Corporation, and they claimed that Sony Arianto Kurniawan’s website – www.sony-ak.com, is a breach of copyright.
SONY’s representative lawfirm in Indonesia filed Sony AK, a well-known Indonesian IT blogger, because “Sony AK’s domain name uses “SONY” brand name for things that are related to network sites and center of information technology knowledge. The domain http://www.sony-ak.com visually has similarity to the wholeness and is similar to the brand name “SONY”,” so the document said.
This suit has upset many Indonesian onliners, especially those who have been blogging and are into IT for several years. Sony AK’s site has been known for being the knowledge sharing center for IT enthusiasts in Indonesia, and has been up for approximately 6 years.
There is now much support for Sony AK – especially through online media. There is now a Facebook Group supporting Sony AK against SONY, and since it was established earlier today the group already has 428 members. The wall of the group is full with people’s comment and insight on the case.
At this moment, the site cannot be accessed. But the site only contains IT knowledge shared by Sony AK, and has never mentioned SONY or any of its product.
Is this law suit a sign of corporate arrogance? Is this really an infringement?
*)A complete thread on Sony AK’s case could be read here.
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