LOL, problems are now all sorted, lawyers happy it isn't confusing
anymore.

Turns out that he thought there was a big grey box in it, similar to
the new Twitter front page, but only because he was using IE6 and I
don't bother applying any transparent png fixes :)

On Aug 14, 3:16 am, Zac Bowling <zbowl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Wow. Twitters legal team thinks twitter owns blue backgrounds. Hehe.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 13, 2009, at 3:32 PM, Twitlonger <stu...@abovetheinternet.org>  
> wrote:
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> > I recently got a letter by email from a UK law firm representing
> > Twitter claiming that my websitewww.twitlonger.comwas infringing on
> > their trade mark and was inherently likely to confuse users. The
> > version of the website they were objecting to didn't have a similar
> > font but did use the same birds as the old version of the site (fair
> > enough to be asked to remove them).
>
> > The timing coincided with a redesign of the site anyway which went
> > live this week. I emailed them back pointing this out and then ended
> > up on the phone with them with the claim being that the site as it
> > stands now could still be seen as "potentially confusing". I want to
> > know how different they expect a site to be (especially when it
> > doesn't even include the full word "twitter" in the name. Compare this
> > to Twitpic, Twitvid etc who are using the same contraction AND the
> > same typeface.
>
> > This feels so much like a legal department doing stuff that is
> > completely contrary to the Twitter team who have been so supportive of
> > the third party community. Of course, all these applications have been
> > granted access to be listed in the posted from field in the tweets,
> > been granted special access to the API via whitelisting which requires
> > the application to be named and described and, in many cases, been
> > registered with OAuth, again requiring the name and description of the
> > app.
>
> > Has anyone else received similar letters where they have no problem
> > with the service but can't seem to tell the difference between two
> > sites if blue is present in each?
>
> > :(
>
> > Letter copied below.
> > ---
> > TWITTER - Trade Mark and Website Presentation Issues
> > We act for Twitter, Inc. in relation to intellectual property issues
> > in the UK.
> > Twitter has asked us to contact you about your  
> > ww.twitlonger.comwebsite
> > (the..Website..).Twitter
> > has no objection to the service which you are offering on the Website.
> > However, Twitter does need
> > you to make certain changes to the Website. We have set out the
> > reasons below.
> > Your Website
> > Twitter owns a number of registrations for its TWITTER trade mark,
> > including Community trade mark
> > registration number 6392997. Your use of a name for the Website which
> > is based on the TWITTER
> > trade mark is inherently likely to confuse users of the ww.twitter.com
> > website into thinking that the
> > Website is owned or operated by Twitter, when this is not the case.
> > You are using a font on your Website which is very similar to that
> > used by Twitter for its TWITTER
> > logo. You have no doubt chosen to use this font for this very reason.
> > You are also using a blue
> > background and representations of blue birds. These blue birds are
> > identical to those which Twitter
> > has previously used on thewww.twitter.comwebsite. The combination of
> > these factors and the name
> > of your Website inevitably increase the likelihood of confusion.
> > We therefore ask you to confirm that you will, within seven days of
> > giving the confirmation:
> > 1. incorporate a prominent non-affiliation disclaimer on all pages of
> > the Website;
> > 2. permanently stop any use on the Website of a font which is
> > identical or similar to the font used by
> > Twitter for its TWITTER logo; and
> > 3. permanently stop any use on the Website of (i) representations of
> > blue birds which are identical or
> > similar to the blue bird design previously or currently used by
> > Twitter on thewww.twitter.com
> > website; and (ii) a blue background.

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