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I need Advice re name rights in twitter

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Sex_Pistol, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Sex_Pistol

    Sex_Pistol Newbie

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    I was the first one to have the username MarketAustralia in twitter. Now MarketAmerica's legal department which is the mother company of MarketAustralia contacted me asking me to give up my MarketAustralia account in twitter or transfer my details to them so they can use it. Do I have the right to ask for compensation for the lost of oppurtunity if I gave up my account? NEED LEGAL ADVICE
     
  2. The Captain

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    contact twitter and ask where you stand
     
  3. Sex_Pistol

    Sex_Pistol Newbie

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    Thanks the_captain... need more advice guys...
     
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    I'm not convinced that they do have rights to be honest....I'm not aware of any specific laws that would enable them to claim the name...unlike with domains. There are loads of celebs out there whose names have been grabbed and they have to use alternatives.

    Also, Market and Australia are two generic names and not a specific brand name like Puma etc.

    I guess it also depends what you're doing with Twitter and whether or not you're impersonating Market Australia??

    I would contact Twitter, as suggested above, and possibly write back to MarketAmerica asking them to name specifically the rights/laws under which they are claiming the name.

    I should also point out that I'm based in the UK, where we are not quite as litigation conscious (yet), so perhaps some of our US colleagues might have a better insight.

    However, don't give it up without doing your research first!
     
  5. Sex_Pistol

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    Thank you mate for the advice. cheers