I got a letter from a UK law firm too regarding www.twitlonger.com (which clearly doesn't use the word Twitter).
They weren't too draconian in their claims. They want a disclaimer put on the site (fair enough) and for me to stop using the little blue birds (again, fair enough. This is what happens when a stupid weekend project turns into half million uniques a month). What isn't quite as fair is that I have to stop using a font "identical or similar to that used in the Twitter logo". I'm using Arial Rounded which is significantly different to the custom font Twitter uses and as common a typeface as you can get, though the colours are similar. This one's the kicker though, they want me to "permanently stop use on the website of a blue background". WTF? Twitter now owns blue? I'm about a day away from dropping a redesign anyway, but being told what colours I can use is a bit much. This was all on the same day that they approved my whitelisting :) On Aug 12, 5:27 am, Jeremy Darling <jeremy.darl...@gmail.com> wrote: > I really really want to see them backup the tweet trademark. All birds are > now being sued by twitter, they can no longer say; tweet tweet LOL. > > Seems lil twitter grew up and found lawyers. While I don't agree or like > the product that Dean sells, I dis-agree more with the misuse of legal > representation by a corporation even more. I remember when MS started this > everyone threw stones (and courts threw it out), now twitter starts it and > its OK!? > > I warn developers to watch their backs, your little cheezy app that uses > twitter may bite you in the arse. > > Of course, I don't see twitter going after the advertising/marketing > companies utilizing the API and hitting the service just as many times to > mine for data or to use what they mine to target sales. That seems to be a > complete and total ethical use of the service, course a few $$ thrown the > right direction always does sway a corporations view of grey. > > - Jeremy > > > > On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 11:13 PM, jim.renkel <james.ren...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > I guess I should have pointed out that my tongue was firmly planted in > > my check when I wrote my previous post. My bad! :-( > > > Dean: I don't mean to make light of your particular situation. > > Sometimes I just can't not point out absurdities, which the logic I > > presented clearly is. > > > What I was trying to do, perhaps not too well, is point out that the > > API TOS may need to be revised to say that developers may use > > twitter's trademarks, but only in "approved" ways. > > > BTW, twitter is trademarking "tweet" as well as "twitter". You have > > been warned! :-) > > > Jim