Saturday, January 01, 2011

Trademark claims made against parody sites, or sites using common words for domain names ("Lamebook"?)

An article by Corynne McSherry on trademark law abuse is worth noting at EFF, “2010 Trend Watch Update: Fair Use of Trademark”, link here.
The main concerns are frivolous lawsuits claiming (prospective) “trademark dilution” on sites involving parody (such as action against “Lamebook” (site ) from Facebook”) and suits blocking the use of common English words in domain or business names, such as “Entrepreneur” or “Face”.   Lamebook does “look” like a parody of Facebook and contains a plea for funds for salvation.

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