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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute 81

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-in-a-name? dept.
First time accepted submitter exiguus writes As of September 25th Twitpic will be no more. Twitter, allegedly, has threatened to deny them access to their API. Noah Everett said "Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic." Resources will be made available to users to download their videos and photos, but a date when that function will be available has not been made available. "We'll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days."

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:41PM (#47831897)

    I honestly thought they were associated with Twitter. Their name is clearly trying to imply that they are, so this is a textbook case of why trademark law exists. Anyway, as another poster said, they could have just changed their name, so this is probably just them taking an excuse to shut down after realizing this wasn't a viable business anyway.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I honestly thought they were associated with Twitter. Their name is clearly trying to imply that they are, so this is a textbook case of why trademark law exists.

      I thought they were just being honest, because even twits need a place to post pictures.

    • by mattack2 (1165421)

      I actually agree with you, though it's apparently due to Twitter's objection to Twitpic's trademark *application*.

      You'd think Twitter would just use the system the way it was designed to, and object to Twitpic's trademark application (it actually seems like they have), and even possibly fight AFTERWARDS (if it is granted) for it to be revoked, due to the confusion it is actually causing.

      Twitter seems to be doing a "we don't like what you're doing, so making you unable to continue".

  • The guy that wrote the blog post (founder of twitpic) just tries it with another startup: pingly [pingly.com].

    As it seems its not a replacement for email, but a new web interface, like gmail.

  • by Junior J. Junior III (192702) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:53PM (#47831941) Homepage

    You mean they were different companies? Huh.

  • by enter to exit (1049190) on Thursday September 04, 2014 @10:55PM (#47831947)
    There was a time when twitter didn't do anything other that links and text. When third-party twitter clients existed they used twitpic to display images.

    Twitter doesn't allow third-party clients anymore (basically) and have their own image service embedded into their UI. Third party image services are just rendered as links in the official client. twitpic was dead in the water years ago.

    The guy who owns it (It's a small self-funded business) should have seen the writing on the wall and taken the $10M he was offered years ago. I suspect when twitter tightened their grip twitpic's revenue, profit and users dissipated. In it's heyday it was allegedly making ~$700K a year.
    • The guy who owns it (It's a small self-funded business) should have seen the writing on the wall and taken the $10M he was offered years ago. I suspect when twitter tightened their grip twitpic's revenue, profit and users dissipated. In it's heyday it was allegedly making ~$700K a year.

      He claims they were making $1.5 million a year [techie-buzz.com], actually. I could see why it might be tough to sell out if that's true.

  • I did my best and modified my adblock to shut down Twitpic, but sometimes images from other hosts come through :(

    I quit Facebook in part because my a few certain friends were posting stupid memes and clouding my timeline.

    Most Twitpics are meme pix, and the rest are mostly shock pix. Neither of these do I want to see. Twitter should go the extra mile and have a way to disable images altogether.
  • Seems unfair - TWIT.TV existed well before Twitter.. Leo Laporte let them take the name "Twitter" and never sued them. Now years after Twitpic was around, Twitter decides to go after trademark Seems like Twitter can dish it out but they can't take it. Ah, the glory of our broken legal system.
  • checks whether your new product name means like goat humper in a foreign language? Or is a trademark? That wouldn't have helped the guy who came up with ISIS Wallet though...
  • AKA "Pingly" http://blog.pingly.com/email-2... [pingly.com]

    "Pingly isn't just another email client, but a complete messaging platform built from the ground up to evolve all aspects of email. We're calling it Email 2.0"

    Make of that what you will

    • by coofercat (719737)

      My employer's web proxy denies access to this link because it's categorised as "malicious sites". Make of that what you will ;-)

    • I'd better register Flingity-Flingity.com before somebody else adds it to their list of ridiculous, meaningless Web 2.0 names to use.

      Pingly, Vimeo, Hulu, Bing, Twitter...they all sound like effeminate names you give your cat.

      Gotta butch up the place. How about PixShitter...PixelHaul...FaceServe (does what it says on the box but probably would get sued by facebook)....PosterGun?

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