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Twitter Will Now Withhold, Not Delete, Copyright-Infringing Tweets

Twitter has updated its copyright policy to allow for increased transparency when dealing with controversial and legally-ambiguous tweets. In order to keep account holders informed of their possible infringement, Twitter will now withhold tweets – instead of outright deleting them – if they face a copyright takedown complaint.
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Should Twitter Troll Face Jail Time For Tweeting Lies During An Emergency?

Hurricane Sandy’s effects are still being felt along the East Coast of the United States, with many people turning to Twitter for updates during the storm’s peak.

And despite the many good Samaritans who provided support, updates and help in 140-characters, the top Twitter news story to come out of the storm this week is probably the Twitter troll who misled thousands with his deceptive tweets.
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UK Seeing Average Of 3 Social Media-Based Arrests Per Day

If you’ve ever had a fight on Twitter (which we recommend you never, ever do), you know how tempting it can be to throw your hands up from your keyboard and take things offline. Maybe not in a “let’s take this outside”-type way, but more of a “I’m telling!”-type way.

Police in the UK are dealing with a whole country full of social media tattletales, it seems, and have been making, on average, three arrests per day based on complaints about social media abuse.
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Zimmerman Defense Seeking To Subpoena Trayvon Martin’s Tweets

George Zimmerman’s defense team tweeted a link announcing its Notice of Hearing where it will request the Court to consider its motion to subpoena’s Trayvon Martin’s tweets.

The fact that his team created a Twitter account demonstrates social media savvy. But its request to subpoena the dead teen’s tweets seems . . . unnecessary, particularly considering that Martin’s tweets are easily found online.

But as this is coming from a team also seeking to subpoena the boy’s middle school records to support its defense, it’s far from shocking.

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Twitter’s Legal Counsel Speaks Out Against Patent Trolls

Patent trolls cost companies thousands of dollars in unnecessary fees and Twitter’s legal counsel, Ben Lee has had enough.

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Police In Seattle “Tweet By Beat”

No, this isn’t a dance routine – Seattle police are using Twitter to bring safety alerts to the next level.

If you are/were fond of listening to police scanners, you’ll go nuts over this.

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Seattle Artist Is Suing Twitter For Pictures Its Users Tweeted

Here’s another one for the still-murky law books of social media: a Seattle-based artist is suing Twitter for refusing to take down pictures of his art that its users tweeted.
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Last Tweet From Car Crash Victim Is About Tweeting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving kills – yet drivers, especially young drivers, do it all the time.

And now we have a story of five young men dead in a one-car crash and a couple of tweets from one of the victims, a passenger, bragging about drinking and tweeting while driving.

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Courts Issue Revised Warnings For Misbehaving Jurors In The Age Of Twitter And Facebook

If you’ve been called up for jury duty, don’t discuss the specifics or your feelings about the case – or the defendant – on your Twitter or Facebook Page.

Common sense, right? Or so you’d think. But as social media continues to integrate itself into all aspects of our personal and professional lives, its misuse in the court room has caused such an increase in mistrials that new guidelines have been issued for federal judges looking to control bad juror behaviour in their courtrooms.

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Bahrain Court Overturns Activist’s Twitter Sentence

A Bahrain court has overturned activist Nabeel Rajab’s three month conviction. And his crime? Tweeting.
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