Are Your Tweets Protected Intellectual Property?
While the takedowns may not be a legal precedent, they’re certainly indicative of Twitter’s copyright policy moving forward.
Copyright and more general intellectual property rights are poorly understood concepts on social media. It seems that every year a bogus copyright statement makes the rounds on Facebook, and users frequently give away the rights to their content unknowingly. However, with the backing of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), @runolgarun is striking back against those who copy her tweets without attribution.
Olga Lexell, a freelance writer from Los Angeles, told The Verge:
I simply explained to Twitter that as a freelance writer I make my living writing jokes (and I use some of my tweets to test out jokes in my other writing).