Stealing a Tweet is Against the Law – Twitter Cracking Down on Joke Piracy
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.
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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:
saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side
— Alex (@alex) July 26, 2015
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.
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