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City Pages: When a reporter leaves – who owns the Twitter account?

“What happens when a reporter who authors a respected Twitter page moves to the competition? Can she take the identity with her as part of her personal brand? Can the paper assert ownership?” asks Hart Van Denburgh referencing the case of a US reporter for the Pioneer Press, who recently moved to the competition, but left her Twitter account behind.

The Pioneer Press’ own technology correspondent, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, recommends companies issue formal or informal guidelines on using social media and rules on who owns and controls branded accounts.

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  • It’s going to vary from organisation to organisation, but all of the new publishers that I have worked for (and I believe it is standard practice) have had employment contracts that specifically state that they own the IP of whatever you work on while in their employment unless you have a specific agreement otherwise. Not sure how enforceable that is but it is written clear as day. Nothing you do is yours unless they say so.

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