Google Can't Dodge Cybersitter's IP Suit Over Rival's Ads

By Beth Winegarner (October 25, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT) -- Google lost a bid Wednesday to escape a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court alleging it violated the trademarks of software company Cybersitter when it allowed rival Net Nanny to use Cybersitter's name in online advertising.

Cybersitter claims ContentWatch, Net Nanny's parent company, used Cybersitter's name in some of its Google AdWords ads, confusing potential customers and effecting a bait-and-switch campaign to lure buyers away from Cybersitter's product, according to the lawsuit. Both Cybersitter and Net Nanny make software that allows parents to control what websites their children can access on personal computers.

Google sought shelter within California's Communications Decency Act,...

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