Twitter User Invokes DMCA to Protect her Tweets

download (20)Continuing our theme this week of social media users asserting copyright, we have the case of another Tweeter arguing that the material she posts on her site is protected by copyright law. Twitter user @runolagrun is using provisions from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to protect her tweets.

She is a freelance writer that specializes in jokes. She uses Twitter to test out her material to see if it will get a laugh. She wanted Twitter to ensure that her jokes would not be retweeted without due credit back to her account. Common courtesy in Twitter is to do this, but it doesn’t always happen and Twitter is pretty lax about copyright in general.

Many people use social media as a way to get name recognition in a very crowded marketplace. These spaces are designed for the mass sharing of information. It’s a tricky line to balance. People who blatantly steal content and post it on social media sites have gone to court, as well as websites that allow users to do the same thing.

Do you want to use social media to spread your brand awareness, but you’re afraid of your content being stolen? Talk with one of our IP attorneys. We can tell you ways to protect yourself online from people who share your content without permission. Contact Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC today.

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