Can the wrong kind of tweeting end up becoming a federal offense? Possibly.
Jill Maremont was a Marketing Director for the Susan Fredman Design Group in Chicago. Design updates and promoting her product in general greatly involved the now-ubiquitous act of tweeting. Unfortunately, her career got put on hold for about nine months when she was hit by a car, suffering brain injury.
Yet, despite her being sidelined and disconnected from the Internet and all that stuff, her Twitter account remained oddly active for some reason.
It turns out her boss had gotten hold of the account, and was tweeting on it in her absence. Once Jill learned about this after her recovery, she was somewhat irate about the apparent hijacking of her account. Now, she's suing her boss, and apparently, a District Court judge in Northern Illinois thinks the case is valid.
The Lanham Act is a piece of federal legislation passed in 1946 designed to curb false advertisement and trademark infringement in general. Now, something that was signed into law by President Harry Truman is being utilized to make the buck stop at the Twitter user. This could make the concept of the fake account become a lot more serious.
What do you think of the idea of a tweet getting one into this kind of trouble with the law? A necessary precaution? Excessive?
Source: The Unruly Of Law