Opinion: Does copyright subsist in a 140-character tweet?

Great article with good advice!

Ping Webzine

By Ellen Sachs

PHOTO: Ioan Sameli via photopin cc PHOTO: Ioan Sameli via photopincc

If you still think that tweeting is just for birds, you’d better join the flock. As Twitter and other social networks become increasingly popular creative outlets for both citizens and professionals, more and more people are wondering if their witty one-liners are intellectual property worthy of copyright protection or if they’re just brain farts of no value at all. So, what is your 140-character thought worth? Well, the answer is probably nothing.

In theory, a tweet could be copyright protected. Twitter’s Terms of Service endorse copyright protection, saying that “Twitter respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Services to do the same … [and] will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us.” Also, the Australian legislationprovides protection to anything considered to be an “original…

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