How Far Can You Take a Twitter Parody Account? [Video]
Many of us enjoy following funny Twitter parody accounts. For example, @Lord_Voldemort7 has over 2 million followers. “Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) pokes fun at the Facebook billionaire with tweet such as, “It’s funny. Technically you’re the ‘user’ but really, I use you.”
But how far you can take a Twitter parody without getting into trouble? Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine provides basic tips on how to avoid lawsuits.
One clever Twitter account, “The Times is Onit” (@NYTOnit), mocks the The New York Times for its obvious stories. One sample tweet reads, “GUYS, livin’ in Manhattan ain’t easy on the wallet, and The Times is ON IT,” with a link to the actual article, http://nyti.ms/XSyYrS.
However, Larry shows you why one of the most powerful news organizations in the world got Twitter to shut down this individual, funny account. He also explains what the user had to do to get the account reinstated.
Some basic rules for creating a Twitter parody account can help you avoid disputes:
- Make clear the account is a parody.
- Don’t deceive or mislead others in your communications.
- Don’t use trademarked material.
Watch the full video report to learn how to keep your funny Twitter account online and out of the courts. For additional information on your rights with Internet law, check out our website at lawyers.com.