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Stealing a Tweet is Against the Law – Twitter Cracking Down on Joke Piracy

Stealing a Tweet is Against the Law – Twitter Cracking Down on Joke Piracy

by P. H. MadoreJuly 28, 2015

The purpose of the retweet feature of Twitter is to credit the original person who said whatever it is you’re retweeting. Stealing a tweet is actually against the law, according to Twitter, and this is why they have no problem deleting infringing tweets, and even punishing the accounts. There is an account, @PlagiarismBad, which is dedicated to spotting infringing content, and notifying Twitter, who must then delete it.

But now Twitter is going further, particularly because it has no choice. Twitter replaces plagiarized tweets with a notice that the tweet has broken copyright law. Twitter is bound under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and must do everything in its power to prevent copyright infringement. If Twitter doesn’t act, it can be held liable, as it is only protected if it acts within its power to deal with the problem.

Also read: Twitter Acts Against Revenge Porn

Olga Lexell is a writer who says her tweets are constantly being ripped off. She contacted Twitter when she saw her own tweet be stolen:


There is a retweet feature on Twitter which should be sufficient for sharing the work of others that one likes. Unless the law changes, it is in Twitter’s interest to enforce copyright law to the best of its ability.

Featured image from 2nix Studio / Shutterstock.

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  • The worlds going to run out of jokes very quickly now if we have people copyrighting them. And its entirely possible to say one accidentally too.
    I only see this getting worse in the future…

    • englishvinal

      Take heart… the ‘shift’ is here….. very soon those elements are going to be “weeded out” because of a division of the world… eastern versus western.
      The western slugs are about to go hungry, and cold… and they will have something more serious to be concerned about.

  • englishvinal

    Oh for crying out loud…. if you are so insecure that you have to clutch your bloody jokes to your breast to keep you warm at night, then you are a LOSER in capital letters.
    Clearly people of that genre are the 3 celled slime that are proliferating on the bottom of the stagnant frog pond of humanity.