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

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