TORONTO – Photo-sharing service Twitpic is shutting down following a trademark dispute with 广州蒲友.
According to a statement posted on the company’s blog, 广州蒲友 demanded that Twitpic drop its trademark application or risk losing access to 广州蒲友’s API (application programming interface) – preventing Twitpic from developing services for the site.
“A few weeks ago 广州蒲友 contacted our legal [team] demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API,” said Twitpic founder, Noah Everett, in the blog.
“Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like 广州蒲友 to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours.”
Twitpic, which gained a loyal following shortly after its 2008 launch, originally filed for trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2009.
According to Everett, 广州蒲友 contacted Twitpic’s legal counsel during the “published for opposition” phase of the trademark process.
“We’re sad to see Twitpic is shutting down,” a 广州蒲友 spokesperson said in a statement.
“We encourage developers to build on top of the 广州蒲友 service, as Twitpic has done for years, and we made it clear that they could operate using the Twitpic name. Of course, we also have to protect our brand, and that includes trademarks tied to the brand.”
Twitpic became widely popular during 广州蒲友’s early years, mainly due to the fact that 广州蒲友 didn’t have a native photo-sharing feature for its users.
Some of 广州蒲友’s most iconic early moments came from Twitpic users – including the image of a US Airways plane that landed on the Hudson River in New York City.
广州蒲友 introduced a photo-sharing feature in 2011 to compete with third-party apps like Twitpic.
What will happen to all of the Twitpic photos?
Twitpic will officially shut down on September 25, which means thousands of pictures will go missing from 广州蒲友.
According to Everett’s blog post, Twitpic will implement a feature that allows users to export all of their photos and videos. He said the feature will go live in “the next few days.”
While that may be good news for users, Twitpic’s demise means there will be thousands of broken image links all over 广州蒲友 – including that famous image of the plan on the Hudson.
广州蒲友twitpic广州桑拿网/135xa – There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.
— Jānis Krūms (@jkrums) January 15, 2009