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TwitPic shutting down under threat of API revocation by Twitter

updated 02:44 pm EDT, Thu September 4, 2014

Dispute over copyright claim at core of shutdown

Under threat from microblogging service Twitter, photo storage domain TwitPic is closing its doors on September 25. Citing a legal demand to abandon a trademark application it filed for in 2009 or it would lose access to the Twitter API, the founder has declared that he cannot "fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark, which we believe wholeheartedly is rightfully ours."

Founder Noah Everett writes in a blog post announcing the closure that the company "originally filed for our trademark in 2009, and our first use in commerce dates back to February 2008 when we launched. We encountered several hurdles and difficulties in getting our trademark approved, even though our first use in commerce predated other applications, but we worked through each challenge and in fact had just recently finished the last one."

TwitPic's statement says that "during the 'published for opposition' phase of the trademark is when Twitter reached out to our counsel and implied we could be denied access to their API if we did not give up our mark."

The service will launch a tool for users to be able to export all content stored on the service. The feature is not yet live, and TwitPic will announce when it is ready to go.




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