Stealing someone’s funny tweet and using it for yourself is nothing new to the twitter streets, in fact, passing someone else’s tweets/thoughts as your own is rampant on social media. Well, now you’ll have to think twice before you bite someone else’s shit, because Twitter is deleting stolen tweets on grounds of COPYRIGHT. As reported by The Verge, a number of tweets have been deleted for copying a joke from Olga Lexell at @runolgarun .According to Lexell, she had requested to Twitter that her jokes be removed as they are her INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, and users have no right to use her content without permission. Afterwards, Twitter swiftly removed the tweets in question with no further questioning. Lexell also says that this isn’t the first time that Twitter has complied, as she has sent in requests for other tweets to be removed.
Like many other content hosting companies, Twitter is under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and is provided “safe harbor” from copyright claims as long as it doesn’t protect infringing material. However, this “safe harbor” usually pertains to tweets containing links to pirated/stolen/illegally hosted media, not for 140-character quips. Anyone can submit an infringement claim on the Twitter Help center (https://support.twitter.com/forms/dmca), which will then be reviewed by staff, and thereafter the offending user has ten days to submit a counter notice so don’t get caught stealing tweets on the twitter streets.