Twitter Copyright

Most people will never have to consider this question, but for the famous select few, a tweet can be an unknown endorsement for goods or infringe someone else’s copyright. An example of this arose when Mr A.O Scott posted about the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers new film. He was then contacted by the film’s promoters, asking for permission to use the tweet in their advertising, Mr Scott declined. Despite the lack of consent the advert was posted anyway modified to take out the last two lines.

Is the law clear? Once posted on the internet for everyone to see, who owns the tweet? Any ideas let me know! There have been a few cases but none have conclusively determined what a persons rights are. Mr Scott has taken this in good humour but has stated he will not be using twitter for a while.

MJC

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