Facebook Sues German Knock-off StudiVZ; Xiaonei Next?

The Financial Times reported today that Facebook is suing leading German social network StudiVZ for copyright infringement.

In the suit, Facebook accuses StudiVZ of “replacing Facebook’s blue colour scheme with a red one” and said it was “seeking to end StudiVZ’s illegal activity to ensure that users are not confused and that Facebook’s reputation remains unharmed.”

While there are many Facebook copycat sites around the world, this is the first time Facebook has taken one of them to court. Will Chinese social network Xiaonei, which recently raised $430 million in venture funding, be next?