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How does the Twitter API work in regards to app ownership?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by steelmagnum, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. steelmagnum

    steelmagnum Newbie

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    Hey guys, pleased to be a member of BHW.

    In short, I'm creating a website which is dependent on Twitter data. To make things easy, myself and my partners want access to Twitter's API. Because of the nature of our program, we want to ensure 100% ownership on our end.

    When reading the Twitter API terms & conditions, I believed that some of the wording is a bit vague. Here is the particular section I am talking about:

    [h=3]3. Ownership; Feedback.[/h]3.1 Twitter. You expressly acknowledge that Twitter and its end users retain all worldwide right, title and interest in and to the Twitter Content, including all intellectual property rights therein. You also acknowledge that as between you and Twitter, Twitter owns all right, title and interest in and to the Twitter API, Twitter Marks, and the Twitter service (and any derivative works or enhancements thereof), including but not limited to all intellectual property rights therein. You agree not to do anything inconsistent with such ownership. Any rights not expressly granted herein are withheld. You agree that you will not challenge Twitter's ownership of, the validity of any license to use, or otherwise copy or exploit the Twitter Marks during or after the termination of this agreement except as specifically authorized herein. If you acquire any rights in the Twitter Marks or any confusingly similar marks, by operation of law or otherwise, you will, at no expense to Twitter, immediately assign such rights to Twitter.
    3.2 You. As between you and Twitter, you retain all worldwide right, title and interest in and to your Service, excluding the Twitter API, Twitter Marks, and the Twitter Service (and any derivative works or enhancements thereof), including but not limited to all intellectual property rights therein. You may provide Twitter with comments concerning the Twitter Content or Twitter API or your evaluation and use thereof. You agree that Twitter and its designees will be free to copy, modify, create derivative works, publicly display, disclose, distribute, license and sublicense, incorporate, and otherwise use the feedback, including derivative works thereto, for any and all commercial and non-commercial purposes with no obligation of any kind to you.


    Do you think the language implies that whatever we use the Twitter API for will result in partial or even total ownership by Twitter? Thanks for your help guys.