“Facebook Sale, Inc.” was settled in a flurry of messages — some pleasant, some not so much. Here are the details.
Even in the case of a company like Instagram, where there is no ill intent and no harm done, there was originality and aesthetic value to be mined in this proposal, which was a spray-painted set of emoji and one accompanying sheet of bubblegum. The original Tumblr teaser made the clown smiley my nemesis, trolled my face and telegraphed very clearly that a very few people would have a dark personal vendetta against me. This lawsuit wasn’t personal. It was a troll.
In the words of a judge, “it was frivolous, and simply immature.” Good. I was glad to have been called out for it, but I also hope it prevented future offenses, like this image, or these.
Conversely, I’m delighted that other than a few private messages and semi-private Myspace requests, social media was totally unscathed. This is possibly because, well, I didn’t ruin Snapchat and Myspace in the process.
I want to congratulate everyone who has worked tirelessly on convincing the court to dismiss the alleged patent infringement lawsuit and conspiracy charges with the understanding that I will conduct my own legal defense until the point where I am absolutely, fully, irrevocably, fully free of the defendant . . . even though I haven’t got the Mark Zuckerberg facial hair and sneakers, and I don’t live in Silicon Valley. So there are a few other lawsuits still under way, so stay tuned.