A Facebook parody site called Lamebook has sued the social networking giant after Facebook repeatedly threatened to bring it to court for trademark infringement.
The bizarre tale, which is almost as bizarre as some of the things posted on Lamebook, sees a threatened lawsuit answered with an actual one, with Lamebook stating that its website is an obvious parody and not a direct competitor and should therefore be allowed to continue without Facebook’s lawyers breathing down its neck.
“Unlike the Facebook website, the Lamebook website does not offer social-networking services or functionality to its users and, therefore, does not compete with Facebook,” Lamebook explained, also citing the First Amendment for its right to parody Facebook.
Facebook first threatened to sue Lamebook in March of this year and has sent repeated threats since then, which did not go down well with the Lamebook staff.
This is not the first website to incur the wrath of Facebook over its use of the word “book”, which magically became Zuckerberg’s property at some undisclosed time. In August it released the legal hounds on TeachBook, a teacher community site which had not officially launched yet. The case raised huge questions over Facebook’s dominion on the web extending to dominion over language, and clearly those concerns were warranted.
Another website called PlaceBook also received the scorn of Facebook and released a very humorous video detailing its own name change.
However, the Lamebook site does have the added problem of mimicking the Facebook logo almost to the tee, including the font and colour scheme. While this is a necessary part of the parody, Facebook has a better chance of winning a trademark lawsuit on the grounds of the blatantly imitated logo.