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TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement
From TechCrunch - January 16, 2018

TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement.

As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had previously told Leo Laporte Twitter was simply a text-based microblogging service, the lawsuit states.

Williams also acknowledged that Twitter was aware of the conflict between the TWITTER and TWiT mark, the lawsuit alleges. At that timeWilliams, on behalf of Twitter, acknowledged the confusion which likely would arise from the use of TWITTER in the marketplace, as well as instances of actual confusion which already had arisen.

Because Twitter and TWiT were relatively different, Laporte and Williams agreed to allow the trademarks to coexist, conditioned on each company continuing its own unique distribution platform, TWiT writes in its suit.

As the lawsuit alleges, what happened on Twittershort, 140-character bursts of textwas very different from the audio and video TWiT produced on its platform. In 2009, however, Laporte felt concerned that Twitter was going to move in on TWiTs audio and video, the lawsuit states.Thats when Laporte allegedly reached out to Williams, who told Laporte were not expanding to audio or video under the Twitter brand, the lawsuit states.

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