To Support the Lamebook Legal Defense Fund?

Posted by | November 19, 2010 | General | 6 Comments

My friends at DuetsBlog posted a couple days ago about the lawsuits Facebook and Lamebook filed against one another.  Facebook is the world’s largest social networking site, whilst Lamebook is a blog that displays “lame and funny stuff from Facebook.”

Lamebook’s logo is a take-off on Facebook’s logo:

but the Lamebook site makes pretty clear that it is a parody, unlike the social networking site Teachbook, which Facebook sued this Summer.  Facebook also went after Placebook, a travel-organizing site that changed its name to TripTrace as a result of its confrontation with Facebook.  TripTrace’s founder, Michael Rubin, blogged about his experience with Facebook about a month ago.

So, back to Lamebook.  First, Facebook disabled the Lamebook fan page and blocked links from Lamebook from appearing on Facebook.  Sensing what was coming next, Lamebook sued Facebook in Federal District Court in the Western District of Texas on November 4, 2010 for declaratory judgment of non-infringement.  (That means they asked the court to declare that Lamebook does not infringe Facebook).  On November 8, 2010, Facebook sued Lamebook in the Federal District Court in the Northern District of California for trademark infringement and dilution.  Presumably, these cases will be combined — where is anyone’s guess, though I predict the case will stay in California.

Embroiled in two federal lawsuits with Facebook, Lamebook seeks your help to defend itself against the behemoth social networking site.  That’s right, folks!  Lamebook is taking donations for its Legal Defense Fund.  Whether you choose to donate will be up to you.

About Lara

Lara Pearson is a trademark attorney with Exemplar, where she also serves as the firm's Sustainability Steward. Lara's legal practice focuses on trademark and copyright law, including: intellectual property audits; trademark search & clearance; trademark and copyright registration & maintenance; intellectual property transfers; transactional work; and dispute resolution, including litigation when necessary. Lara primarily represents other social enterprises -- those leveraging their businesses and brands as catalysts for positive social and environmental change. Such businesses engage in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) to have a positive "triple bottom line" of people, planet and profit. As Exemplar's Sustainability Steward, Lara works with others in her law firm to measure and reduce the firm's carbon emissions and encourage engagement in social responsibility initiatives, including pro bono legal work and volunteering. Lara is a proud member of the Social Venture Network. Brand Geek is a member of 1% for the Planet and a Certified B Corporation, whose Incline Village office is certified under the regional Keep the Sierra Green program. Exemplar Companies is the most innovative professional services firm in the New Economy. Our unique, diversified expertise spans the disciplines of corporate law, business advisory, and capital/investment banking to better meet the needs of our high-potential customers. We have assembled a comprehensive suite of service to meet the complex issues facing companies in today’s challenging business environment. Our unique, holistic approach ensures the growth and success – and greatly increases the competitive advantage - of our customers. The Exemplar team is comprised of knowledgeable, highly skilled experts in a wide range of industries and disciplines. They work closely with our customers to provide trusted advice, incomparable support, expert guidance and the ultimate competitive advantage as they accelerate their businesses and position themselves to transform industries.

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