Twitter Now Accepts Copyright Take Down Requests

November 5th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

You have seen YouTube clips being taken down due to copyright infringement. Now, Twitter is doing the same.

The popular microblogging social media introduces a new policy that would transparently display a notice that says a tweet is pulled out, instead of removing it, due to copyright infringement. An example of the warning would be, “This Tweet from [username] has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder,” followed by a links to Twitter’s copyright policy and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The user will be made aware that the tweet was withdrawn and can ask Twitter why it was taken down.

Like YouTube, Twitter will only do so once it receives a complaint that a tweet has breached copyright.

These withheld tweets will no longer appear in the user’s Twitter stream. However, if one tries to check the tweet using a permalink, they will see the explanation as to why the tweet is withdrawn.

You may wonder what would make a tweet violate the DMCA. Examples range from sharing links of websites that violate copyright or posting photos that users do not own. We just do not know whether Twitter will act on plagiarized tweets.

Source: Jeremy Kessel, via CNET


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