Please see the update link at the bottom of the post - all is now well in the universe.
Last week, I posted about how Mad Men characters were showing up on Twitter. I soon after discovered that at least some of them were in fact just fans, so as any self-respecting geek would do, I joined in the fun as my favorite character, Paul Kinsey. Also known as @paul_kinsey.
We had a ball. Everyone seemed to be really enjoying things. We never claimed to be from AMC, though we never denied it either (the mystery was part of the fun, wasn't it?). To be safe, I also immediately sent an email to AMC informing them of what I was doing, so that if they didn't like it they could simply ask me to stop. I even offered to hand over the account. I received no response, and accordingly continued along my merry way.
Well, last night Twitter suspended the accounts of @don_draper and @peggyolson under a a DMCA takedown notice. AMC didn't like what we were doing, and decided to start having accounts forcefully taken down.
To be clear, this is of course within their rights. These characters are their intellectual property.
However, let's consider a different approach. Had any one of us "fake" Mad Men characters been asked in any way to cease and desist, we would have. As noted above, I even offered to do so proactively. Instead, AMC is taking legal action to have the accounts pulled down.
I would have gladly handed over the account. AMC could have posted on all the fake accounts a simple "Thanks for the fun, but for the integrity of the show we need to put this to an end."
Oh well. I'll update when @paul_kinsey has been pulled down.
Thanks for the fun!
Final update - Sept 9th: I am no longer @paul_kinsey. Someone far more dedicated and creative than I has graciously taken over bringing us Paul's tweets.