Micro-blogging service Twitter is being sued by a company that claims it had already come up with the idea for an online network of celebrities.
One of Twitter's biggest appeals is that it gives web users a chance to get inside the mind of their favourite celebrities by reading updates about their daily lives. Whether it's musings from Demi Moore, Aston Kutcher and Stephen Fry, or the likes of Katie Price discussing her divorce.
However, according to VS Technologies, Twitter infringes on its patent, which was granted in 2002, for a "method and system for creating an interactive virtual community of famous people".
According to TechCrunch, the complaint, which has been filed with a US court, reads: "As it pertains to this lawsuit, very generally speaking, the '309 Patent discloses methods and systems for creating interactive, virtual communities of people in various fields of endeavour wherein each community member has an interactive, personal profile containing information about that member."
VS Technologies is seeking damages, but whether the firm will be successful remains to be seen.
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