Marchex sued for Skype click-to-call-jacking
Florida satellite company says Marchex is stealing phone calls from it.
A Florida satellite TV company has sued Marchex (NASDAQ: MCHX), alleging that the company is hijacking Skype calls of people trying to reach the company (pdf).
A-SAT Inc., d/b/a International Satellite & Antenna Service, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Orlando on Thursday.
If you have Skype installed on your computer, then you’ve seen how phone numbers are automatically turned into links. Clicking on these links calls the phone number through Skype.
According to A-SAT, Marchex has a deal with Skype in which the online marketing company can declare phone numbers it wants to “control” in Skype. It alleges that Marchex researches the phone numbers of its clients’ competitors, and then controls the numbers by forwarding click-to-call Skype calls intended for those numbers to its clients instead.
The five page lawsuit does not show any examples.