Who owns your twitter account?

The case of Phone Dog, LLC v. Kravitz settled yesterday.  Phone Dog sued their former employee, Kravitz, after he left the company and continued to use a twitter account that he had used while employed by Phone Dog.  All of the settlement terms are confidenital, except one- Kravitz gets to keep the twitter account.

How could this have been avoided?  By drafting a clear social media policy which states that the employer owns all social media accounts that are used or created during employment.  Review your social media policy to make sure it includes  language stating the employer owns the social media accounts, and if you don’t have  a policy, adopt one with this language.

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