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Copyright claims honoured by Twitter

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 28 July 2015

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Following numerous requests from users, Twitter has started to honour takedown requests.  A number of twitter users have complained to the Internet giant that others have copied their jokes and original content, passing them off as their own. This can constitute copyright infringement of the original work. 

The tweets under contention which may contain copyright infringed material have been removed from the site and have been replaced with a ‘tweet withheld’ notice stating that it has the possibility of infringing copyright, giving users the link to the official policy on takedown of potentially infringing works. The users then have 10 days to appeal the notice.

Twitter has only proceeded with this course of action in recent days, with its previous actions relating to copyright not containing removal of tweets as well as referring to the users instigating the takedown requests as ‘original authors’ and ‘copyright owners’. 

The lifting of jokes and copying of content is not a new thing on the Internet with many businesses set up to solely do just that. However it seems that twitter has taken a strong stance to combat any potential copyright infringement claims affecting them and their creditability.

However, while this may make them popular with users, they could be opening the floodgates, which can see the majority of tweets under fire if it cannot be distinctly proven that they are original to the user. As this is a seemingly new step for the company to take, details have not been disclosed but it is clear there needs to be parameters put in place to focus the claims to those of direct copying, otherwise Twitter may have a battle on their hands to combat the sheer number of requests for takedowns which are only in relation to indirect copying. 

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