November 11, 2011
Who gets custody of Twitter when an employee quits?
This is an interesting case, reported by arstechnica.
Noah Kravitz worked for PhoneDog, which is an "interactive mobile news and reviews web resource." Kravitz worked as a reviewer and video blogger. He used the "@PhoneDog_Noah" Twitter account, and it amassed approximately 17,000 followers.
When he left, PhoneDog asked for the account "back" but he demurred, instead changing the account handle from @PhoneDog_Noah to "@noahkravitz". PhoneDog sued, asserting claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with economic advantage; and conversion.
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