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10 Best Spoof Twitter Accounts of 2011 – trademark issues?

Posted by ipelton on: January 31st, 2012

Mashable has compiled a list of the 10 Best Spoof Twitter Accounts of 2011.  The list is interesting and entertaining.

Do these spoof accounts create any trademark issues when the accounts parodied or mimicked are protected brand names? Could @FakePewRearch or @NYTOnIt be shut down as violating Twitter’s terms of use or for infringing trademarks? I think there is at least a possibility of confusion, especially because Twitter feeds can be consumed in many different manners – and the viewer may not always be aware of the message, information, or profile provided on the ‘home’ of the Twitter account.

By the way, the best fake Twitter account ever is the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra (the one who escaped for a few days last year).

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