Can You Copyright A Tweet?

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Slides from my presentation during the panel "Can You Copyright a Tweet?" at SXSWi 2010

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Can You Copyright A Tweet?

  1. 1. Can You Copyright a Tweet? Fred Benenson @mecredis - NYU & kickstarter.com Wendy Seltzer @wseltzer - Berkman Center & Silicon Flatirons Jon Philips @rejon - Status.net
  2. 2. “But copyrighting a tweet would be a difficult- to-make and hard-to-enforce legal claim – for many reasons. Most tweets cannot be copyrighted because of size, content and scènes à faire issues.”
  3. 3. BROCK SHINEN’S WWW.CANYOUCOPYRIGHTATWEET.COM “I admit, I think a protectable Tweet exists in theory. I have read hundreds if not thousands of Tweets and have yet to read one I believe would be protectable, but the possibility exists. The question is not: Are Tweets Copyrightable. The question is: Is This Tweet Copyrightable.”
  4. 4. TWITTER’S TOS
  5. 5. Opt Out vs. Opt In
  6. 6. BUT
  7. 7. SO, IN SHORT, CAN YOU COPYRIGHT A TWEET? IT DEPENDS. (86 CHARS REMAINING)

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