Twitpic shutting down over trademark disputes with Twitter

Say so long to Twitpic (if you still use it)

Global News

TORONTO – Photo-sharing service Twitpic is shutting down following a trademark dispute with Twitter.

According to a statement posted on the company’s blog, Twitter demanded that Twitpic drop its trademark application or risk losing access to Twitter’s API (application programming interface) – preventing Twitpic from developing services for the site.

“A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal [team] demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API,” said Twitpic founder, Noah Everett, in the blog.

“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.”

Twitpic, which gained a loyal following shortly after its 2008 launch, originally filed for trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2009.

According to Everett, Twitter contacted Twitpic’s legal counsel during the “published for opposition” phase of the…

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