Trademark dispute with Twitter forces Twitpic to shut down

It looks like Twitter is using its legal powers to force Twitpic to shut down over trademark disputes. Effective September 25th, the Twitter-linked photo sharing service will cease to operate. According to Twitpic, a tool should become available over the next few days that will allow current users to export their photos and videos should they choose to archive their shared multimedia content for longevity after the service is gone.

"A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API," Twitpic said in a blog post citing the reason why they are closing their doors. "Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic."

Are you sad to see Twitpic go? Let us know in the comments. Are there any old memories that you will be archiving when the new tool goes live over the next few days?

Source: Twitpic

Chuong H Nguyen