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I might have predicted that Facebook would sue parody site Lamebook for copyright infringement. Facebook sued Teachbook, and threatened Placebook, after all. But I never imagined Lamebook would beat the social networking giant to the courtroom.
The Facebook parody site, which compiles funny and embarrassing status updates, photos and other minutiae people posts, has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Lamebook wants a declaratory judgment that its site is protected free speech under the First Amendment precisely because it is intended to parody Facebook. They argue that the similarities between Lamebook's name, coloring and logo and Facebook's name, coloring and logo should not destroy that protection.
TechCrunch writer Robin Wauters says Facebook has repeatedly asked Lamebook to "cease and desist." He suggests Lamebook filed suit to preempt any lawsuit Facebook might file and to ensure the dispute stays in Texas, where Lamebook is headquartered. I think he's right.