[development] FW: Twitter is Suing me!!!

Dean Collins Dean at cognation.net
Wed Aug 12 05:27:24 UTC 2009

This isn't Drupal related but I figure several developers on this list
have built apps for Twitter (or other 3rd party API's).


Just found out a few hours ago I'm being sued by Twitter



Feel free to tweet this link ( www.MyTwitterButler.com/I'm_Being_Sued
<http://www.mytwitterbutler.com/I'm_Being_Sued>  ) or forward on the
link to any journalists you know.


If you are on dig here's a dig link.






Dean Collins
dean at MyTwitterButler.com
<mailto:dean at MyTwitterButler.com?subject=I'm%20being%20Sued> 
+1-212-203-4357   New York
+61-2-9016-5642   (Sydney in-dial).
+44-20-3129-6001 (London in-dial).




From: Dean Collins 
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:37 PM
Subject: Twitter is Suing me!!!


So not only are Twitter fighting battles with Russian hackers they are
now fighting their own third party API developer community !!


I received this email 30 minutes ago stating that Twitter is suing me??


Basically they feel that my application - www.MyTwitterButler.com
<http://www.mytwitterbutler.com/>  does the following.


1/ That anyone using the API to auto follow people are breaching the


2/ That no one can use the word "Twitter" in their domain

3/ That somehow people might be confused my application is related to
twitter even though every page is labeled 

"Copyright 2009 (c) My Twitter Butler - Not related in anyway to Twitter
Inc, if I owned Twitter would i be spending my time building this app??



Is this the end for Twitter 3rd party developers?


Have they forgotten that it was people like me who saw a need and built
an application using the publicly defined Twitter API to add value to
the Twitter ecosystem?


I have asked Twitters lawyers for a conference call tomorrow to clear up
'WHY' they feel anyone using the twitter API to auto follow people is an
illegal act and will be looking forward to their answers about 'WHY' the
twitter API was built in the first place if they want to sue people for
using it.









Dean Collins
dean at MyTwitterButler.com 
+1-212-203-4357   New York
+61-2-9016-5642   (Sydney in-dial).
+44-20-3129-6001 (London in-dial).











TEL 650.988.8500 FAX 650.938.5200 WWW.FENWICK.COM

August 11, 2009





Dean Collins

Attn: MyTwitterButler.com


dean at cognation.net

Re: Infringement of Twitter, Inc.'s Trademark Rights

Dear Mr. Collins:


DIRECT DIAL (650) 335*7656



This firm represents Twitter, Inc. ("Twitter"), owner of the TWITTER
trademark and

the popular social networking and micro-blogging website at
www.twitter.com. We are

contacting you regarding your violation of Twitter's Terms of Service
("TOS") and spam

rules, and your infringement of Twitter's trademark rights.

Twitter has recently become aware that you have registered and are using

MyTwitterButler.com domain, where you advertise and offer for sale the
"My Twitter Butler"

software that facilitates aggressive and automatic following to Twitter
users. On your website

you also claim to have used the same aggressive following techniques.
This activity violates

Twitter's TOS and rules.

In addition to the above violations, you are also infringing on
Twitter's trademark

rights by using the MyTwitterButler.com domain and the TWITTER
trademark. As you are

likely aware, Twitter's extensive and widespread use of its TWITTER
trademark provides

Twitter with strong and defensible rights in the mark, and has caused
the mark to become

well-known, if not famous, in today's online marketplace. Twitter owns

applications and registrations for its mark in the United States and
numerous other countries

for use in connection with its online services, which will provide
Twitter with exclusive rights

in the mark.

Twitter has expended significant time and financial resources to build
up the

considerable customer recognition and goodwill related to its valuable
TWITTER mark. In

addition, in order to protect its investment and valuable intellectual
property rights in its

trademark, Twitter is required to prevent others from infringing or
diluting the value of its

brand. In light of the importance and distinctiveness of the mark and
the strength of Twitter's

legal rights to its valuable intellectual property, please be advised
that Twitter is determined to

take whatever steps are necessary to protect its rights in the mark.

Having said that, at this time, we are willing to assume that you did
not choose to

misuse Twitter's trademark with the conscious intent of infringing
Twitter's rights or trading

off of Twitter's goodwill. Twitter is concerned, however, that your use
of My Twitter Butler

and the related domain may cause confusion in the marketplace by
suggesting that you and

your site are somehow affiliated with Twitter, or are endorsed,
sponsored, or approved by

Twitter, which would result in an infringement of Twitter's valuable
trademark rights.

In light of the above, we must demand that you immediately:

1. deactivate the MyTwitterButler.com website;

2. transfer the MyTwitterButler.com domain to Twitter;

3. comply with Twitter's TOS and rules, which includes stopping your

and automatic following and offering techniques and software for others

aggressively or automatically follow; and

4. stop all use of the My Twitter Butler name, the TWITTER mark, or any

name, logo, or domain name that includes TWITTER or any confusingly


Please respond to me no later than August 24, 2009, to confirm that you

complied with these demands and to obtain domain transfer instructions.
Twitter is hopeful

that this matter can be resolved quickly and amicably. If, however, you
do not comply with

these requests, Twitter will be forced to consider suspending your
Twitter accounts and take

such steps as it deems necessary to protect its intellectual property

We look forward to hearing from you.











From: Karen Webb [mailto:KWebb at fenwick.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:55 PM
To: de5ffa48513f2670-348777 at privacy.no-ip.com; Dean Collins
Subject: Letter re MyTwitterButler.com


Dear Mr. Collins:


Please see the attached letter.




Karen Webb


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