Facebook will have to pay 3.83 million euros to an Italian group for plagiarism

Facebook will have to pay 3.83 million euros to an Italian group for plagiarism

Violet Field inHigh TechJan 8, 2021 2 min read8 views

The Italian company Business Competence is said to have inspired Facebook in the development of its "Nearby" functionality

Facebook did not wish to express itself too much on the case. (Illustration) - SOPA Images / SIPA

Found guilty of plagiarism, the Facebook group will have to pay 3.83 million euros to an Italian company, reports The Verge, citing information from Reuters. The decision was issued by the Milan Court of Appeal on Tuesday, January 5.

The case dates back to 2012. Around this time, the Italian group Business Competence launched Faround, an application that allows you to find bars, restaurants, and shops nearby, based on their interests.

Compensation multiplied by ten

A similar function was quickly integrated into Facebook. She called herself "Nearby" ("nearby"). The resemblance jumped out in the eyes of Business Competence, which then filed a plagiarism complaint in 2013. The case was made public in 2017. During the trial judgment in 2019, Mark Zuckerberg's company was ordered to pay € 350,000 to the injured Italian company. An amount that was more than tenfold on appeal.

For its part, Facebook did not wish to make any comments on this affair. "We have received the court's decision and are examining it carefully," a spokesman for the American firm simply told Reuters.