Facebook Moves to Stomp Lamebook
Outgoing links blocked; Facebook blames error
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 2:39 AM CST
Lamebook is currently seeking donations for its legal fund.   (Lamebook.com)

(Newser) – The Facebook/Lamebook feud appears to have stepped up a notch. Facebook has blocked outgoing links to the parody site, removed its fan page, and prevented Lamebook visitors from "liking" posts, TechCrunch reports. Lamebook filed a lawsuit against Facebook earlier this month seeking First Amendment protection, and Facebook filed a trademark-infringement suit against the parody site a week ago.

The legal wrangling looks set to continue for a while, but a Facebook exec says the blanket blocking of Lamebook was a mistake. "In the process of dealing with a routine trademark violation issue regarding some links posted to Facebook, we blocked all mentions of the phrase “lamebook” on Facebook," he said. "We are committed to promoting free expression on Facebook."

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Nov 24, 2010 12:51 PM CST
I honestly don't understand how either side could claim this as lawsuit material. I think it's kind of a douchey move for Facebook, which I do use almost daily, but how can a private business be forced to accept "customers" they don't want? I guess I think if I had a restaurant and a customer starts yelling and irritating people, I have the right to kick him out, right? It's my personal business and I make the choice who I am willing to serve. Why doesn't this apply to Facebook? So, if I had a blog and my mortal enemy goes on my blog and starts ripping my posts, I don't have the right to delete those posts? It's MY blog. On the flip side, I don't see why FB is trying to sue LB. Parody/comedy is protected. I guess I honestly just don't understand our judicial system.
Nov 23, 2010 8:36 AM CST
"We are committed to promoting free expression on Facebook." - You lie, Zuckerberg. You'd shut down free expression in a heartbeat. Once again we see power corrupting (although Zuckerberg seemed pretty corrupted from the start, so we're seeing "absolute power corrupts absolutely").
Nov 23, 2010 7:57 AM CST
thanks facebook - if you hadn't made an issue of this i may never have found lamebook!