The High-touch Legal Services® Blog…for Startups!

© 2009-2017 Dana H. Shultz, Attorney at Law

Je Suis Charlie

"Je Suis Charlie" at top of Charlie Hebdo homepage

Charlie Hebdo homepage, announcing that the next issue will be published on Tuesday, January 14

Je suis Charlie (French for “I am Charlie”).

This post supports freedom of expression, generally, and more particularly Parisian satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which was the victim of a massacre by Islamist radicals on January 7, 2015.

Being a bit of a francophone and francophile (see Paris: What a Difference a Decade Makes), and having relatives in Paris, I feel it is especially important to join millions of people throughout the world proclaiming that we value freedom of speech and that we will not be intimidated by thugs. (more…)

Lamebook v. Facebook: Trademark Infringement or Protected Parody?

Logo for Lamebook, whose trademark dispute with Facebook is the subject of this post

Lamebook is a site that features particularly lame or funny (and sometimes vulgar) Facebook posts. That company has brought suit against Facebook, seeking a declaratory judgment that Lamebook is not infringing Facebook’s trademark.

Several months ago, Facebook asked Lamebook to change the name of its service, alleging that “Lamebook” both infringes and dilutes Facebook’s famous mark. A letter from Facebook’s counsel lays out the elements of these allegations. (more…)