Jodee Rich: Reached a settlement with Twitter over data used by his analytics firm. Photo: Peter Braig
Jodee Rich, the Australian entrepreneur who founded the now defunct telco One.Tel, has reached a settlement with Twitter that allows his social media analytics firm PeopleBrowsr to continue to buy Twitter's data until the end of 2013.
Beginning next year, PeopleBrowsr will have to purchase access to the full "Firehose" of 400 million daily tweets through one of Twitter's authorised data resellers, according to the settlement's terms.
PeopleBrowsr, based in San Francisco, sifts through Twitter and resells social media "intelligence" to clients that include media organisations and the US Department of Defence.
The legal dispute between the two companies flared last late year, when Twitter, which has been ramping up its operations as it approaches a widely anticipated initial public offering, began to exercise greater control over its content.
Although Twitter contends that individual users retain intellectual ownership over their tweets, the company has moved aggressively to block some firms from profiting off of its data.
PeopleBrowsr had been purchasing data from Twitter directly, rather than through a reseller, on a month-to-month basis before Twitter sought to end the arrangement last July.
Chief executive of PeopleBrowsr's social scoring system Kred, Andrew Grill, said the settlement gave PeopleBrowsr the eight months it needed to "technically and commercially" figure out how to continue providing the same kind of analytical services.
"We got out of this settlement what we needed," he said.
Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed.
Twitter said in a statement: "We're pleased to have this matter dismissed with prejudice, and look forward to PeopleBrowsr's transition by the end of the year off of the Firehose to join the ecosystem of developers utilising Twitter data via our reseller partnerships."
Rich won a legal battle in the NSW Supreme Court against ASIC in 2009 over the collapse of One.Tel, which he founded in 1995. Rich went on to create PeopleBrowsr in 2007.
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