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Posts Tagged ‘Ownership’

Taking Twitter Followers With You When You Leave

breaking ropeSome would argue that @MayorofLondon seems to pretty clearly represent the Twitter stream of the Mayor of London, regardless of who that person is. Others may disagree with this statement – like Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London, who changed the name of the account to @BorisJohnson on day one of the mayoral election campaign, taking 200k+ Twitter followers with him. He has since changed it back, but it raises an interesting question and one we’ll see more often: who owns your Twitter account?
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Twitter Goes After “” Cybersquatters

Twitter has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization against an alleged cybersquatter who owns the domain “” (note the single “t” that would probably scoop up a fair number of speed typers who make a mistake when trying to reach This complaint cites trademark infringement, and although the “” domain was registered in 2004 (two years before Twitter launched), they may still have a solid case.
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Twitter Explains Photo Ownership: “you own your tweets and photos will be part of your tweets.”

In the wake of Twitter’s announcement that they are building their own photo sharing service, questions about who will actually own the photos uploaded to (via photobucket) started flying. And the short answer? You will own them, just like you own everything you tweet out onto Twitter.
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Twitpic Users Now Officially Own Copyright Of Their Uploads

In the Wild West of online content ownership, Twitpic – the popular photo sharing service for Twitter – has taken a stance in favor of content creators. It has updated its terms of service to explicitly state that “all content uploaded to Twitpic is copyright the respective owners.” We’ll see if other photo-sharing services follow suit.
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Are Pictures on Twitter Public Domain?

An interesting debate has sprung up as a result of a lawsuit over ownership rights of photos posted to Twitter. The lawsuit between a large press organization and a photojournalist boils down to one simple question: do you own the content you publish on Twitter?
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