from the lameface dept
We've noted lately that Facebook has become excessively aggressive when it comes to trademark law and challenging websites that use either "face" or "book" in ways that are somewhat similar. Apparently, one recent target of a cease-and-desist threat was Lamebook.com, one of the more popular of a few websites that post images of silly and ridiculous posts, comments and photos on Facebook. After a series of back and forth conversations, Lamebook has filed suit for a declaratory judgment that it does not infringe on Facebook's rights (found via Eric Goldman). Lamebook points out that what they do is parody and wants the court to declare that what they do does not infringe on the trademark and is protected under the First Amendment. One would hope that a court would agree... but in the meantime it should be stated that Facebook's recent ridiculously over-aggressive trademark claims are extremely lame.