Austin Technology Law Blog
UPDATE: Ownership of Company's Twitter Account: Company vs. Employee
Almost a year ago, we mentioned the unusual case of PhoneDog v. Kravitz, where a former employee was sued by his former employer for $340,000, which amounted to $2.50 per Twitter follower that the employee took when he left the company.
We indicated that this was a gray area and developing. So, how did PhoneDog v. Kravitz enlighten us on the rules for this situation? Exactly none. Mashable reports that the parties have settled after months of mediation. Settlement terms are confidential but apparently Mr. Kravitz retained the Twitter followers and there was no indication of money changing hands.
Where does this leave us? Back at square one but with some lessons learned. For example, if ownership and control of Twitter accounts is important to your business, state in the employment contract or the employee manual that such accounts belong to the company. Eliminate any drama by addressing the issue head on. #commonsense