Every day, lots of content is being created on social networking website Twitter. This has led to people complaining about their 140 characters being copied without giving them due credit. The Twitter jokes ban; therefore, seems to have come into place to prevent copyright infringement. Reports suggest that the social media network is deleting jokes and other content that has been copied from other Tweets.
It has come to light that Twitter will delete copied Tweets to prevent copyright issues. The Verge has pointed out that a Los Angeles-based freelance writer Olga Lexell filed a case because many people had retweeted her joke that said, “saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side”.
Lexell’s Twitter account has since become private but she had earlier Tweeted that she spoke to the social networking site and told them that she makes money out of her writing. She added that the jokes are her intellectual property and users cannot copy them without her permission and the due credit.
Twitter apparently deletes the “offending” tweets in a few days, without any follow-up or discussions, Lexell told The Verge.
As more content is available on the internet for free, copyright of ones content–which includes pictures, jokes, stories, videos and more–has become an area of concern. The debate on intellectual property and copyright has become important.
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