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MotorTweets Formula 1 Cease and Desist

I know some of you don’t want to hear about other services in my Twitter sport network but this is quite important news.

Anyway, the big companies are at it again. For the second time in 2 weeks I have received a Cease and Desist notice. This time it is all to do with the use of the Formula 1 “F1″ logo on MotorTweets.

The notice essentially came from the FOA, Formula One Administration Limited. Because I had used their logo without asking their permission for a non-profit website to use it.

After starting the MotorTweets service just over a week ago I already have over 1000 people following the various Twitter accounts and it is increasing all the time. It is incredibly frustrating that these big companies can’t see that I make no money from this service and do it for the love of the sport. But they still want me to pay ££££’s to promote them? It will be them that is losing out.

OK, so not using their logo isn’t that big a deal as I simply removed it. But one other thing they added to their list was that the lap/race times is their copyright. This is the line that was in the e-mail:

Formula One Administration Limited (“FOA”) has the exclusive right to commercially exploit the FIA Formula One World Championship (“the Championship”) including, but not limited to, all moving images, other audio/video content, timing data and results.

They didn’t acuse me of using it as they are obviously not computer literate enough to click 2 buttons to see some race updates. But I have now removed the lap/race times from all further tweets, unless they come from an official news source.

They haven’t even said where to get official race updates. So they clearly just don’t want Twitter or any useful service that isn’t paying ££££’s to get race updates!

I wonder which company will be next to ruin their online credibility??

Please comment with your thoughts.


5 Responses to “MotorTweets Formula 1 Cease and Desist”

  1. Paul Randall says:

    What a shame, it does really look like they are trying it on.

    Can the logo/name issues not be got round by adding a copyright symbol or something similar?

    I can appreciate that having a logo on T-Shirts, saleable items cannot be allowed, but the fact that it is a free service negates the fact that the service adds value to the current data, and is therefore worth something.

    I am very suprised at the lap times and results section. Does this mean all other books/websites pay for this data?

    • I don’t think they would be happy with just a copyright symbol. Technically all people using the logo should have permission from them to use it.

      The laptimes is along the lines of the FootyTweets match update problem. It does seem as though they shouldn’t be able to claim copyright on matches. I’d like to see someone brave enough to contest it.


  2. Christy says:

    What a bunch of idiots – the FOA are so full of it – all the politics that are involved are ruining it for the fans.

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