Lawsuit Over Ownership of Work-Related Twitter Account Will Proceed
A lawsuit disputing the lawful ownership of a former employee’s Twitter account can proceed, a California judge ruled this week.
PhoneDog, a company that reviews mobile devices and services, filed suit against former employee Noah Kravitz for damages of $340,000 and control of the social media account, the Post & Courier reports.
Kravitz, who left the company in October 2010, changed the Twitter account name to noahkravitz from PhoneDog_Noah, kept the feed’s more than 17,000 followers, and grew it to 24,000 followers in the meantime, according to the Associated Press.
While Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of San Francisco dismissed two of the four counts alleged, she allowed the company to amend its claims in the matter, which could have far-reaching implications in regards to ownership and monetary value of work-related Twitter accounts.