"There has been an ongoing tug-of-war between journalists and publishers over who gets to keep digital possessions after a break-up. The debate took a new twist this week after a court issued a ruling in the case of a tech reporter who walked out the door with 17,000 Twitter followers that his former employer says are worth $2.50 each [per month for a total of $340K]."
Can A Twitter Account Be A Trade Secret?
Fascinating case. I can see this ushering in a new set of clauses for at-will employment contracts. The password is a trade secret, the content and customer list are corporate assets, the channel name is branded and we can reclaim it whenever we want. The heads of so-called social media experts everywhere explode.