Sep. 1, 2011 at 5:29 PM ET
Killing privacy isn’t enough? Facebook is trying to end satire, too?
Not happening, not to Lamebook anyway. You can still get your Schadenfreude on via the endless collection of Facebook screen shots featuring epic YO MAMA smackdowns, NSFW courtships and employees complaining about the bosses they forgot they friended, thanks to a settlement in which "Lamebook can continue to exist as long as it adds a disclaimer to its site disavowing any affiliation with its Palo Alto counterpart," PaidContent reports.
Lamebook took the lead in this game of trademark chicken last year when Facebook threatened a lawsuit over the name, inspiring the site that offers "the funniest and lamest" of Facebook to file first — a preemptive First Amendment suit citing Lamebook as an obvious parody. "Settlement" doesn't mean "win" in legal terms, of course, but this saga did come to an end after a federal judge refused to move the case from Lamebook's home state of Texas to Facebook's (perhaps more tech-sympathetic) California digs.
Much like Apple's possessiveness over the name "App Store," Facebook notoriously doesn't like to share any part of its name — but gets little sympathy from courts. The social behemoth previously claimed trademark infringement against educational site Teachbook and NSFW sites Shagbook and Facebook of Sex, all of which you can still find online.
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