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                              SUBLEASE AGREEMENT

THIS SUBLEASE AGREEMENT ("Agreement"), dated as of November, 18 1998 is made
between Skidmarks, Inc., a California corporation doing business as San
Francisco Production Group ("Tenant") and Looksmart Ltd. ("Subtenant").


     A.  Tenant has entered into a lease (the "Master Lease") of certain
premises, designated as 550 Bryant Street, San Francisco, California (the
"Premises"), with an initial term commencing June 1, 1998, and continuing to May
31, 2003, with Fred Alexander and Company, a California partnership
("Landlord"). A copy of Sections 9 through 32 of the Master Lease is attached
hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by this reference (the "Master Lease
Provisions"). A plan of the Premises denoting generally the location of the
portion of the Premises being subleased to the Subtenant (the "Sublease
Premises") is attached hereto as Exhibit B and incorporated herein by this

     B.  Subtenant desires to obtain the use of the Sublease Premises from
Tenant in connection with the conduct of Subtenant's business activities. Tenant
desires to provide such space to Subtenant, upon the terms and conditions set
forth herein.


     In consideration of the foregoing, and of the promises, terms and
conditions of this Agreement, the parties hereto agree as follows:

     1.  Sublease Premises. Tenant hereby subleases to Subtenant and Subtenant
hereby subleases from Tenant the "Sublease Premises" as outlined in Exhibit B
attached hereto, on all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

     2.  Use. The Sublease Premises are to be used for General Office Use

     3.  Term. The term of this Agreement shall be for six months and shall
commence on the 19th day of November, 1998, and end on the 31st day of May,
1999, inclusive.

     4.  Rent. Rent shall be paid in lawful money of the United States of
America at the office of the Tenant at the following address: 550 Bryant Street,


San Francisco, California 94107 or at such other place as the Tenant may
designate in writing, in advance, on the 1st day of each month during the term
of this Agreement, free from all claims, demands or set-offs against Tenant of
any kind or character, whatsoever, as follows: rent shall be eighty-five-hundred
Dollars ($ 8500,00) per month, which will include $8238,43 Dollars ($ 8238.43)
base rent plus an additional rent ("Escalation Rent") in an amount equal to
Fifty percent (50%) of the charges levied upon Tenant by Landlord for the
Landlord's property taxes, fire insurance and umbrella insurance payable by
Tenant pursuant to the terms of the Master Lease: Subtenant's current Escalation
Rent shall be $ 261.57 ($ 261.57) per month. Tenant shall give Subtenant prompt
notice in writing of any change in the amount of Escalation Rent, as it is
determined from time to time, note less than ten (10) days prior to the date
such payment is due. Rental payments are due on the first day of each month and
a late charge of five percent (5%) shall be paid by Subtenant for any payment
made more than five (5) calendar days after the due date. In addition, interest
shall be owing on any such payment at the rate of three percent (3%) over the
prime rate of Union Bank of California, or the maximum rate permitted by law,
whichever is less. Tenant acknowledges receipt from subtenant of the sum of
eighty-five-hundred dollars ($8500) as an additional inducement and
consideration for the execution by Tenant of this Agreement, which sum shall be
and remain the property of Tenant, and Subtenant agrees that such sum is paid
solely as such consideration and for the purpose of obtaining this Agreement,
and is an absolute payment to Tenant for that purpose. Tenant agrees that if
Subtenant shall faithfully perform all of the terms, covenants and conditions of
this Agreement on Subtenant's part to be performed during the term of this
Agreement until the 1st day of last month of rating then and solely in
consideration of such performance, there shall be deducted from the rental
required to be paid to Tenant for the last month of this Agreement the sum of
eighty-Five-hundred dollars ($8500.00), anything herein contained to the
contrary notwithstanding.

     5.  Notice of Surrender. Subtenant shall, at least sixty (60) days before
the last day of the term hereof, give to Tenant a written notice of intention to
surrender the Subleased Premises on that date, but nothing herein shall be
construed as an extension of the term hereof or as a consent of Tenant to any
holding over by Subtenant.

     6.  Holding Over. If Subtenant holds possession of the Sublease Premises
after the Term of this Agreement, Subtenant shall, at the option of Tenant, to
be exercised by Tenant's giving written notice to Subtenant, and not otherwise,
become a tenant from month-to-month upon the terms and conditions herein
specified, so far as applicable, at a monthly rental equal to the then current
rent payable in advance, in lawful money, and shall continue to be a


month-to-month tenant until sixty (60) days after Subtenant shall have given to
Tenant, or Tenant shall have given to Subtenant, a written notice of intention
to terminate such monthly tenancy. Unless Tenant shall hereby exercise the
option hereby given, Subtenant shall be a tenant at sufferance only, whether or
not Tenant shall accept any rent from Subtenant while Subtenant is so holding

     7.  Master Lease. The effectiveness of this Agreement is conditioned upon
the effectiveness of the Master Lease. Any termination of the Master Lease prior
to the expiration of the term hereof shall operate as a termination of this

     8.  Telephone. Subtenant's telephone reception will be handled by
Subtenant's own personnel. Subtenant shall be entirely responsible for providing
its own telephone answering services, telephone number(s) and lines, and for the
installation of Subtenant's own telephone lines. Subtenant shall pay all of
Subtenant's own costs and expenses in connection with Subtenant's telephone

     9.  Master Lease Provisions. Subject to the more specific terms of this
Agreement, Subtenant shall assume and perform the obligations of Tenant as
Lessee under the Master Lease Provisions attached hereto as Exhibit A, to the
extent said terms and conditions are applicable to the Sublease Premises.
Further, except where the context indicates to the contrary, and except where
otherwise provided in this Agreement, Subtenant shall undertake to perform and
shall perform, in favor of and for the benefit of Tenant, all obligations,
covenants, and conditions which the Master Lease Provisions impose upon "Lessee"
in favor of "Lessor," in the same manner as if such obligations, covenants, and
conditions were set forth at length in this Agreement, as obligations,
covenants, and conditions of Subtenant in favor of Tenant. Sub-tenant shall not
commit, or permit to be committed, on the Premises any act or omission which
shall violate any term or condition of the Master Lease Provisions. In the event
of the termination of Tenant's interest as Lessee under the Master Lease for any
reason, then this Agreement shall terminate coincidentally therewith, without
any liability of Tenant to Subtenant or Subtenant to Tenant. Such Master Lease
Provisions, along with all of the other terms set forth in this Agreement, shall
be the complete terms and conditions of this Agreement.

     10.  Insurance. Subtenant, at its expense, shall maintain public liability
and property damage insurance with an insurance company acceptable to Tenant in
an amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence. Said policy or policies shall name
Tenant as an additional insured party, and Subtenant shall provide Tenant with a
certificate evidencing such insurance which shall provide for at least thirty
(30) days' written notice to Tenant prior to alteration or cancellation of any
policy evidenced by the certificate.


     11.  Assignment or Subletting. Subtenant shall not assign Subtenant's
rights under this Agreement, or sublet or attempt to sublet any portion of the
Sublease Premises, without first obtaining the written consent of Tenant, which
consent will not be delayed or withheld unreasonably. Tenant may reasonably
require that any subletting be consistent with the current intensity and nature
of use of the Premises, recognizing that Tenant and Subtenant work in close
proximity and with frequent contact. Regardless of Tenant's consent, no
subletting or assignment by Subtenant shall release Subtenant of Subtenant's
obligations hereunder or alter the primary liability of Subtenant to pay the
rent and to perform all other obligations to be performed by Subtenant

     12.  Form of Agreement. Tenant and Subtenant understand and agree that this
form of Agreement is an abbreviated one. Accordingly, they incorporate by this
reference the Master Lease Provisions attached as Exhibit A hereto as the terms
of the Agreement between them, with, however, Tenant occupying the position of
Lessor, and Subtenant occupying that of Lessee. The specific terms of this
Agreement shall prevail over any inconsistent supplemental terms as so
incorporated, but, in all other respects, such supplemental terms shall
constitute a part of this Agreement, including, without limitation, the events
of default, and remedies therefor provided to Lessor thereunder (Tenant

     13.  Attorneys' Fees. If as a result of any breach of default by Subtenant
in the performance of any of the provisions of this Agreement, Tenant uses the
services of an attorney in order to secure compliance with such provisions or
recover damages therefor, or to terminate this Agreement and evict Subtenant,
Subtenant shall reimburse Tenant upon demand for any and all reasonable
attorneys' fees and expenses so incurred by Tenant.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Tenant and Subtenant have executed this Agreement
effective as of the date first hereinabove written.

TENANT:                                   SUBTENANT:
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SKIDMARKS, Inc., a California            LOOKSMART, Ltd
corporation doing business as
San Francisco Production Group

By: /s/ Signature Illegible              By: /s/ Signature Illegible
     Its President                              Its CFO