TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch:

TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement.

As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had previously told Leo Laporte Twitter was simply a text-based microblogging service, the lawsuit states.


As the lawsuit alleges, what happened on Twitter — short, 140-character bursts of text — was very different from the audio and video TWiT produced on its platform. In 2009, however, Laporte felt concerned that Twitter was going to move in on TWiT’s audio and video, the lawsuit states. That’s when Laporte allegedly reached out to Williams, who told Laporte “we’re not expanding to audio or video under the Twitter brand,” the lawsuit states.

This Week in Tech started as a roundtable discussion at MacWorld Expo, back in 2005. Twitter started in March of 2006. So it’s clear which came first.

That said, in all the time I’ve been aware of both, I’ve never once confused TWiT with Twitter.

And that said, it sounds like the core issue here is an alleged oral agreement. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • Echoes of Apple Music (the Beatles record label) vs. Apple Computer, but without any written agreement.

    Oral agreements are rarely worth the paper they’re written on.

  • Mo

    Oh, Leo.

  • JimCracky

    Both could go away tomorrow. No one would care.

    • Twitter is incredibly useful in tech. I use it all the time for obscure tech questions that aren’t on the public web, let alone accessible via Google.

      But yes, it can also be a waste of time.

      In a nutshell: If your feed is full of idiots praising their sandwiches, follow fewer idiots who praise their sandwiches.

    • Loren Finkelstein

      Translation. You don’t care about either and yours is the only opinion that matters.

  • GFYantiapplezealots

    I stopped watching TWiT years ago when Leo went full anti-Apple zealot to get viewers. Lost all respect for him and haven’t been back since.

    • John David

      Same here. I was a fan of Tech TV & The Screensavers back in the day, but Leo’s inexplicit change in attitude toward Apple led me to the same conclusion.

      It’s been many years since I’ve seen or listened to anything from TWiT and this lawsuit, IMO, is pure bullshit because the two entities have absolutely nothing in common and is only an excuse for a try at a money grab, which I predict will fail outright!

  • Not only could TWiT disappear tomorrow and nothing of value would be lost, I thought it actually HAD disappeared in 2017. 🙂

  • I guess Leo got his free publicity. First time I’ve heard about TWiT in years.

  • Hieronymus Washington

    The only winners with this lawsuit will be the lawyers. TWiT seems to be undergoing quite a few personnel turnovers and/or layoffs. I’ve pretty much given up on it, Leo seems increasingly quick to be enthralled by anything new and shiny dangled in front of him and frankly seems to give out a lot of half baked advice these days.

  • Daniel Wright

    Is Leo/TWiT hurting for cash because … I’m sorry … this is ridiculous …