Lamebook, a parody site that allows Facebook users submit funny status updates, pictures and “other gems” originating from the social network, is apparently suing Facebook over trademark infringement.
Lamebook was launched in April of 2009 by two Austin, Texas based graphic designers (Jonathan Standefer and Matthew Genitempo), “inspired” by Facebook’s branding when it comes to its name, logo and color scheme.
According to complaint Facebook first sent cease and desist letters requesting them to change their name and the design of the site, intended to look like Facebook. The issue escalated, and Facebook threatened to sue Lamebook, in turn, 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.
“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’ve turned to litigation. We’re confident in our position and believe we’ll prevail in court.”
Lamebook’s counterargument is “the site is a parody, nothing more, and that they’re protected by the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.”
Facebook earlier went after other sites that simply have “book” as part of their name, such as Teachbook and Placebook.