Facebook suing Lamebook for trademark infringement

LamebookAfter some legal back and forth between Facebook and Lamebook, the satirical site is getting sued by its own subject matter.

Lamebook showcases some of the hilariously inept postings on Facebook, keeping user names anonymous. The site  claims the use of the name “Lamebook” is within its First Amendement Rights and has been in the process of seeking judicial support that it is not infringing on Facebook’s trademark.

Apparently Lamebook’s step towards legal action was just enough to push Facebook over the edge. In response the company filed suit, expressing frustration after “months of working with Lamebook to amicably resolve what we believe is an improper attempt to build a brand that trades off Facebook’s popularity and fame,” as a spokesman said in an e-mail to FoxNews. Facebook maintains that Lamebook does not meet the standards of a parody site, and thus should not be protected as such.

Lamebook is publicly pleading for donations for its legal fund, and calling out Facebook on its site. “Facebook didn’t get the joke. They’ve decided to pick on the little guys: small business owners who seem to be no match for a multi-billion dollar behemoth. But this is one website that’s not going down without a fight.”

Facebook has had its fair share of trademark disputes, generally over sites using the phrase “book.” There was Placebook, which after being pressured by Facebook, is now TripTrace, as well as Teachbook, which went to court against Facebook. Let’s not forget Faceporn either, which also received a lawsuit from Facebook. Has Failbook just flown over Facebook’s radar?

Obviously the situation with Lamebook isn’t only based on the signature name, but on its premise as well – the entire site is predicated on the concept of Facebook. At the same time, it’s clear Lamebook is not a competitor for the social network. Facebook has a successful track record when it comes to these types of things, though, and it’s very possible you’ll have to look for Lamebook at a different domain name in the future.

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