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Twitter's Making It Hard for You to Steal Jokes
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you're a joke-stealing hack, Twitter is about to become a whole lot less fun for you. The social media site is now removing tweets containing material that has been reported as stolen.

Twitter blocks the tweet with a message saying "This Tweet from @[user] has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder." The copyright holder, in these cases, is apparently the joke's creator.

Twitter users who find their tweets withheld are given ten days to respond to the report. Twitter then decides whether or not to release the tweet. According to Twitter, this action is in line with their Copyright and DMCA policy.

In the policy, determining the copyright holder is a job left to attorneys or sites about copyright law:
"If you are unsure whether you hold rights to a particular work, please consult an attorney or another adviser as Twitter cannot provide legal advice. There are plenty of resources to learn more about copyright law including http://copyright.gov, http://chillingeffects.org/, and http://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/liability/IP, to name a few."
Twitter explains that they repond to:
Reports of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile photo, header photo, or background, allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted video or image uploaded through our media hosting services, or Tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials.
The move is all part of Twitter's continued effort to minimize the amount of bots and trolls on the site.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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