TWiT Sues Twitter Over Twitter’s Streaming Service

If you had been a fan of the old Tech TV channel, you likely know Leo Laporte and his new TWiT channel that offers a long list of technology shows.

Now Leo Laporte and is company TWiT are suing Twitter for breach of contract and copyright infringement. According to the lawsuit, Twitter’s cofounder Evan Williams had previously told Leo Laporte Twitter was a simple text-based microblogging service. TWiT was a video service so the two companies decided to coexist because they occupied different markets.

“Williams also acknowledged that Twitter was aware of the conflict” between the TWITTER and TWiT mark, the lawsuit alleges. “At that time Williams, 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.”

Twitter started moving into video back in May 2017, and TWiT is concerned over confusion in the marketplace with Twitter Video and TWiT video.

“Since that time, the parties have engaged in communications with the goal of informally resolving this dispute,” the lawsuit states. “These efforts have not resolved the dispute, and Twitter continues its expansion into TWiT’s business in breach of its agreement with Plaintiffs, refuting its representations and promises made, and infringing on Plaintiffs’ intellectual property rights, all to Plaintiffs’ injury.”

You can find a full copy of the lawsuit from the TechCrunch story HERE.

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