1. Introduction

Twitter logoTwitter, a micro-blogging site that allows messages of up to 140 characters, has quickly become one of the top social media websites. Twitter had more than 44 million users worldwide in June, according to comScore. (Sutter, 2009) Twitter has become a popular tool for celebrities, public agencies, businesses and others to share their thoughts and updates with fans and friends.

But, as with any popular online tool, there are also many opportunities for people with bad motives. In recent months, several public figures, celebrities and businesses have been the victims of imposter Twitter accounts. A variety of legal issues come into play here, including trademark, personality rights and cybersquatting. This problem is of growing concern for those who have identities, brands and reputations to protect.

>> 2. Twitter impersonation cases

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