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No More Smelly Facebook Blogs

November 17th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Tripawds is a user-supported community. Thank you for your support!

We just disabled the Smells Like Facebook premium theme we had activated for use on Tripawds Supporter blogs. In fact, we deleted the theme files altogether because we don’t intend to bring it back. Why? Because we don’t want to smell like Facebook around here anyway.

Smells Like Facebook Copyright InfringementI just read over on the  WPCandy WordPress News blog about how Facebook sued the theme developer over copyright infringement. As if a simple cease and desist letter from such a behemoth wouldn’t do the trick, the company filed three charges against the theme developer with a maximum penalty of more that $220,000. Cough.

As a small user supported community, we don’t care to go anywhere near there. Facebook has every right to protect their intellectual property, but to sue some guy who gave away a free blog theme for six figures!? I’m just sayin’ …

What I am sayin’ for any Tripawds bloggers who may have activated the Smells Like Facebook theme on their site is, don’t panic. If you see a blank white screen when trying to view your site, it is not broken. Simply visit the Appearnace tab in your dashboard by visiting and selecting a new theme.

Who knows how Zuckerberg may unleash his legal dogs on all those sites out their unknowingly using a theme that infringes on his copyright. But I do now how Facebook came up with the huge penalty. That’s probably what they had to pay their lawyers to file the charges!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1    Micki Boyer // Nov 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. As you know I’m not quite ready to set mine up yet, but I may very well have gotten mixed up with this if left to my own devices.


  • 2    maggie // Nov 18, 2011 at 7:38 am



  • 3    etgayle // Nov 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

    attica, attica, attica…..way to rise against the machine!!

    charon & gayle

  • 4    admin // Nov 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for all the feedback! We still offer more than 130 themes to choose from for Tripawds Blogs, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for news of any others that may cause issues for users, or this community.

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