Thursday, October 3, 2013

AP: Sun Valley Twitter Tussle Tossed

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

An Idaho judge has tossed a complaint by a Ketchum couple who accused the Sun Valley Resort of stealing their Twitter handle.

In May, we first told you about Leonard Barshack and wife Erin Smith who claimed that they registered for, and obtained, the @Sun Valley handle sometime before April 3, 2010, and have periodically tweeted on a variety topics including the skiing, the weather and pig roasts.

But in October 2012, officials with the Sun Valley Resort contacted Twitter saying they wanted to start using @Sun Valley, claiming that Barshack had been using the resort's trademarked logo in his tweets. Twitter notified Barshack that he was in violation of Twitter's rules and that @SunValley was being transferred to the resort.

In their complaint, Barshack and Smith said that they never impersonated the resort in their tweets, but admitted to using an image of a sun, but not the resort's logo.

Barshack and Smith asked for the Twitter handle back and that the resort and Twitter pay their attorney fees.

But the Associated Press reports that Fifth District Judge Robert Elgee has dismissed Leonard Barshack "with prejudice," limiting Barshack's opportunity to pursue the case any further.

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