Twitter Hands @NFLLockout Handle Over To NFL Union, Despite No Trademark

from the disputes-in-140-characters dept

Nearly two years ago, we wrote about the pending issue of Twitter squatting, with various people taking over the trademarked names of well-known companies on Twitter -- and suggesting that Twitter needed a clear policy in handling such disputes. To date, however, Twitter basically seems to more or less handle these claims on a somewhat arbitrary basis.

Case in point, Elan Arbitsman points us to the news that Twitter simply handed over the username @NFLLockout to the NFL Players Association. Some other folks had registered the name and used it to discuss a possible NFL lockout. After they had done so, the NFLPA had registered the domain name, and then sought to get the Twitter handle from the guys. They offered to give them some stuff (apparently a life-sized poster or something). When the guys turned this down, the NFLPA went to Twitter, and Twitter just handed them the username. Even worse, Twitter implied that one of the reasons they did so was because the guys tried to "sell" the username -- though they say they didn't try to sell it, they just listened to offers from the NFLPA.

As the article notes, the NFLPA doesn't own either NFL or "Lockout," so it's not entirely clear how they have a legitimate claim on the user account. I can see why the NFLPA would want the username, but it seems a bit weak that Twitter just handed it over (and scolded the original users in the process).

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  1. icon
    Ron Rezendes (profile), Oct 21st, 2010 @ 4:56pm


    Just one more reason for me to stay out of the Twitterverse!

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Oct 21st, 2010 @ 5:16pm

    "I can see why the NFLPA would want the username..."

    I'm not even clear on that. Are they not going to post lockout info to their normal Twitter feed?

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 21st, 2010 @ 8:00pm


    Sounds like a good reason to use a different, but similar service to me!

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    Pixelation, Oct 21st, 2010 @ 8:43pm

    Nice to see that the head twits are pussies.

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    yourrealname (profile), Oct 21st, 2010 @ 9:55pm

    What a bunch of dicks. I remember when MySpace did something similar to a band named Bones when a new TV show came out on Fox with the same name. For companies based in social media, you'd think they'd care a bit more about the people using their services instead of just rolling over at the whim of any union that comes along.

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    Atkray (profile), Oct 22nd, 2010 @ 7:23am

    Mike is to blame on this one.

    All the positive things he has been saying about Twitter lately..........Something like this was bound to happen.

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    MrBeck (profile), Oct 22nd, 2010 @ 8:31am


    Anybody registered the above name? Seems appropriate as a alternative for Twitter

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    Stephen, Oct 22nd, 2010 @ 9:56am

    least of their worries

    the nfl is willing to kill their league and they're worried about a twitterfeed? tells you all you need to know about how blinkered they are.

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