Trademark Settlement: Lamebook.com can continue to point out our lameness.
Lamebook.com is a website dedicated to finding and posting “lame” Facebook statuses and postings. From their website:
Lamebook is a fun humor blog that allows us to all share and marvel at the funny, ridiculous, and outright crazy posts that can be found on your favorite social networking site. Because let’s be honest, we all have one of those friends. The website documents user-submitted content that ranges from family members sharing too much personal information to cringeworthy conversations between lovers to bizarre and hilarious photos. But don’t worry, the names and faces are blurred to protect the guilty.
Facebook was not amused and sent (via Law.com) a threatening letter to Lamebook citing Lamebook’s infringement on Facebook’s trademark (probably thinking the Lamebook folks would fold their tens and go home). That was not to be, however, as Lamebook brought a preemptive suit against Facebook.
Now the parties have (smartly) reached a settlement. In the settlement (reported by mediapost.com), Lamebook adds a disclaimer to their website (which they can continue to maintain) and agrees to not seek to trademark the Lamebook name.
Everyone wins – especially those who like laughing at the expense of others.