Lamebook sues Facebook to save self

Lamebook, the site that parodies social networking giant Facebook by allowing users of the popular social networking site to submit hilarious status updates, pictures, or other obscure bits is suing Facebook over trademark infringement, according to TechCrunch.

An odd turn of events, especially since Lamebook was created in April 2007 by two graphic designers from Texas to simply mock the social network. This lawsuit isn't filed as a legitimate suit against trademark infringement, but rather a way to protect themselves from Facebook. Just under a year after Lamebook had been serving as a hub for the flubs of Facebook, the social network sent cease and desist letters requesting them to change their name and the design of the site, which is intended to look like Facebook.

This issue escalated to where Facebook was then threatening to sue Lamebook, and to protect themselves, Lamebook sued Facebook as a declaratory judgement so they get a preemptive decision from court that there was no foul play on Lamebook's part.

Facebook responded to the action by saying this:

“It's unfortunate that 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, they have turned to litigation. We are confident in our position and believe we will prevail in court.”

Lamebook's view on the whole situation is that the site is a parody, nothing more, and that they're protected by the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Recently Facebook has gone after other sites that simply have "book" as part of their name, such as Teachbook and Placebook. By getting this preemptive decision and playing it legally smart, Lamebook should fend off Facebook for at least a little while.

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Its like Apple trying to kill anything that starts with i, someone should bring out iFaceBook and get a proper fight going one with Apple and FB!

.Vamp said,
How long til they go after Myface.com?
Did you read the article? Facebook have not taken action yet, this was Lamebook.

Kirkburn said,
Did you read the article? Facebook have not taken action yet, this was Lamebook.

I think he was making a mockery of Facebook for going after all these sites that have a word in it that facebook uses.. Its like saying Microsoft is going to sue every software website that uses the work soft in it because it confuses people. I call it popularity greed..

StepASide said,
- I hope all those "social" sites to disappear forever one day.. Amen!

Amen! And all the "Reality" TV can go with it.

StepASide said,
- I hope all those "social" sites to disappear forever one day.. Amen!

I have a lot of family across the globe who i can keep in touch and share stuff with almost instantly for no cost (far greater than email/im/post/phone are you suggesting i find a better way or pay through the nose?

It's to fashionable these days for people to be all "F*** Facebook" wah wah...

However reality TV die

Marshall said,

Amen! And all the "Reality" TV can go with it.

Because of those shows, I can't think of anything more imaginative to say than +1!

Mike Chipshop said,

I have a lot of family across the globe who i can keep in touch and share stuff with almost instantly for no cost (far greater than email/im/post/phone are you suggesting i find a better way or pay through the nose?

It's to fashionable these days for people to be all "F*** Facebook" wah wah...

However reality TV die

your paying for it or is your broadband connection to the Internet free it works out cheaper to send 50 emails than go on fagbook and post pics of you picking you nose or what ever it is that you post pics about

I really don't think it should matter what's what, everyone is hell bent on suing people over the dumbest things anymore, When in fact it shouldn't even matter, period!

Doesn't this remind you of Apple suing the creators of Video Pod just because of the trademark "pod" a month ago?

Marshall said,
Great, now everytime I mention a book™ I'm going to have to trademark "book™"

Microsoft once tried to copyright word "windows"

theh0g said,
Microsoft once tried to copyright word "windows"
You mean trademark, right?

And sure they can, in the context of Operating Systems. Trademarks are specific to areas of business.

Pam14160 said,
Didn't know that "Book" was a copy right word. . .hmmmmmm! Maybe I learned something new today then again not.

I don't think it's about the name, it's about the content. Everything on Lamebook is images of Facebook material. Sure you can do parody on source material, but if everything is just copied material from another site all the time, I think they have to pay something to those providing the jokes.

Buio said,

I don't think it's about the name, it's about the content. Everything on Lamebook is images of Facebook material. Sure you can do parody on source material, but if everything is just copied material from another site all the time, I think they have to pay something to those providing the jokes.

It's not content Facebook is creating.

Buio said,

I don't think it's about the name, it's about the content. Everything on Lamebook is images of Facebook material. Sure you can do parody on source material, but if everything is just copied material from another site all the time, I think they have to pay something to those providing the jokes.


Gee, I was just being mean and nasty. . .wasn't looking for a definition or a detailed break down of what Facebook is all about.

Rodrigo said,
It's not content Facebook is creating.

It doesn't really matter if its on their site, and their designs. It's screenshots straight off the site.

Pam14160 said,
Didn't know that "Book" was a copy right word. . .hmmmmmm! Maybe I learned something new today then again not.

If Apple can act like they own copyright over anything prefixed with a lower case i, anything is possible. Thank the US and it's outdated IP laws.

Buio said,

It doesn't really matter if its on their site, and their designs. It's screenshots straight off the site.

Also, their logo looks like a direct ripoff of Facebook -- the colors, font, and style. If I were to make an Apple logo with the bite on the other side of the apple and call it "Apple's Computers" it wouldn't be allowed. This isn't much different.

Pam14160 said,
Didn't know that "Book" was a copy right word. . .hmmmmmm! Maybe I learned something new today then again not.

Same with Apple. Anything with "pod"is protected.