Instagram is not amused by a UK app maker. It claims the app’s name – LitterGram – is causing confusion and considers it trademark infringement.
LitterGram’s creator Danny Lucas responded to the complaint with a video plea to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to allow the app to continue under its current name.
The app launched in 2014 and allows users who snap photos of languishing litter in a public area to upload the images, add a location tag, and make local authority officials aware of the problem. The app is also used to name (and shame) litter bugs, such as drivers who toss stuff from their cars. “Changing the name of the app will destroy all of our ingenuity and hard work.”, Lucas said.
Instagram states that LitterGram is essentially a photo-sharing app, which operates in a way similar to that of Instagram. So, it is basically a similar service.
“The support we’ve received has been amazing, with so many people tweeting, retweeting and sharing our video message.” he said. Lucas added that the company will continue operating as LitterGram for now, and “request that the American company allow them to keep their name.”
To be continued…
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