The author of a controversial book based on the construction of fake Facebook profiles is to face charges of copyright infringement after calling the book Fakebook.con. Facebook are using the US/UK extradition treaty that recently saw Richard O'Dwyer face extradition over his website TVShack that linked to free US television program websites.
Originally rejected by mainstream publishers, the book was published Straight to Kindle, which is the novel equivalent of Straight to DVD for films. With thousands of downloads, Mark Zuckerberg got wind of the novel, and how it made a mockery of his entire security system that is meant to weed out fake Facebook profiles.
"It's a travesty," said Zuckerberg. "We've suspended the author's account on Facebook and are currently looking to see if we can figure out which of his friends is the fake profile he created. Assuming he actually did anything he claims in the novel. Unfortunately, they all look real. We're pretty sure at least one of them is fake, but we don't know which one."
Lawyers for the author are claiming that the Facebook copyright has not been infringed as Facebook is a well known name on the internet, and can be no more infringed in print than Google, Amazon or Second Life, all of which are also mentioned in the novel. This has led to Google, Amazon and Second Life to also bring copyright infringement suits.
"That kind of backfired," said lawyer for the author, Sue Emall of Take, Emall and Runne.
The author, who cannot be named for legal reasons (but who can easily be located by looking for the name of the novel of Kindle), has stated that he is quite happy for Facebook to attempt to sue him.
"I've got an all expenses paid trip to America," he said. "It's brilliant. Also, I've had three offers from publishers who previously rejected the novel who now want to buy it, and there's a Hollywood film company who want to buy the film rights. It's marvellous. I can thoroughly recommend extradition to anybody struggling to sell a novel. I'm going to spend some of the advance to visit Disneyland while I'm here."