Last week and early this week the world was abuzz with news of various controversies regarding LinkedIn. The hacker lawsuit and conflicting messages about the future of group messaging functionality rocked the blog rolls. When it was finally clarified that free group messaging functionality had only been removed from recruiter accounts, I heard an array of reactions. This is one move that seems to lend itself clearly to the idea that, contrary to popular belief, the company can sometimes see the forest through the trees.
Word of LinkedIn’s recent lawsuit against unknown defendants is quickly spreading across the internet – and it’s not just about finding out who is scraping the site. There seems to be a clear message embedded in the 17-page complaint, filed on Monday by the company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Any activity on this ‘professional network’ which negatively impacts its product offering (read: revenue streams) will be pursued – and prosecuted., an unusually aggressive approach to litigation designed to prove that when it comes to misappropriating LinkedIn’s intellectual property, “you can run, but you can’t hide.”
Nicole Greenberg, Esq. serves as a Principal Consultant and Chief Legal Advisor at STA Worldwide, a global professional services firm specializing in IT staffing, project management and consulting services. A licensed Illinois attorney and member of the American Bar Association, Nicole has over a decade of experience in talent acquisition and recruiting strategy.