Chances are you or someone you know has purchased and assembled furniture from IKEA. It’s a Herculean task to attempt solo, and if you undertake it with a friend or loved one, your relationship may not survive the strain. Those of us who have come out the other end of the building process sweaty and filled with impotent rage may wonder how anyone might have anything beyond a grudging respect for IKEA, to say nothing of love. But the company has more than its share of passionate fans in online communities, spreading their love of pre-packaged furniture across the internet. Unfortunately, one blogger who runs a site devoted to the Swedish furniture giants and their products may find herself in an intellectual property infringement legal bind that will take more than an allen wrench to solve.
IKEA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the founder of IKEAhackers.net, demanding she transfer the domain over to the company. The site shows users how to transform and repurpose furniture and other goods from the store into new and innovative products. IKEAhackers.net was started eight years ago by a Malaysian blogger using the pseudonym Jules Yap, and has cultivated a considerable following amongst fans looking to share their IKEA hacks with fellow enthusiasts. Traffic on the site grew to the point that Yap was able to sell advertising, allowing her to keep maintaining the site as a full time occupation. It was this commercialization of the site that seems to have finally placed the site in IKEA’s legal crosshairs, prompting the company to take action.Read More