HR Block Sues Jack Dorsey

( Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter, is facing a major copyright infringement lawsuit at the other remaining company he still runs.

Last week, H&R Block, a company that specializes in tax preparation, sued Dorsey’s company Block, which was until recently known as Square.

When Dorsey left Twitter at the end of last month, Square changed its official name to Block, which was to emphasize its capabilities in blockchain technology. Formerly known as Square, the company is a digital payments and financial services company, and has many overlapping services with those that H&R Block provides.

Not surprisingly, then, H&R Block is not too happy about Square’s name change. In a statement announcing the lawsuit, H&R Block officials aid:

“The goodwill and brand identity that Block has carefully cultivated and nurtured over the last 65 years is under attack by the Silicon Valley fintech company, which announced plans on December 1, 2021, to rebrand as Block, Inc. The newly named Block, Inc., competes directly with Block in several areas of financial services, including tax preparation through its recent purchase of Credit Karma Tax, now called Cash App Taxes.

“Through many decades of hard work by its franchisees and associates, and billions of dollars invested in marketing, Block has built a valuable brand that has earned and maintained the trust and loyalty of millions of consumers. Rather than generating its own brand equity, Block, Inc., appears to be taking a shortcut to capitalize on the well-known Block moniker. This is a clear violation of Block’s trademark rights, which threatens to confuse consumers and cause harm.”

It’s not just Dorsey’s current company that is creating headlines for controversial decisions, though. The new CEO of his old company is doing the same.

Parag Agrawal is the new CEO of Twitter, having previously served as the chief technology officer when Dorsey ran the company.

Just last week, Twitter announced that it would start restricting photos and videos that were posted to its platform if they didn’t get consent from the person featured in those posts.

Agrawal has long been in favor of using the power that Twitter has to enforce discrimination on various viewpoints he doesn’t agree with. Last year, he told MIT Technology Review that Twitter doesn’t need to be “bound by the First Amendment.” He added that discourse on his platform should be monitored in a way that reflects “how the times have changed.”

One thing that Twitter has done to that end recently is suspend one of their accounts that was live-tweeting the criminal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. She has been levied various trafficking charges related to her role as the right-hand woman of the disgraced Jeffrey Epstein.

This progressive stance by Twitter is nothing new, though. It’s well-known that the company leans very heavily toward liberals. Federal Elections Commission data, for example, shows that 99% of all political contributions made by employees of Twitter in 2021 were given to Democrats.