Twitter Changes How It Deals With Copyright Infringing Tweets


Twitter isn’t exempt from dealing with DMCA copyright notices and has made a big change when dealing with tweets that infringe. Before, when tweets were flagged as infringing copyright, they were completely removed. However, now this message will appear in its place:

“This tweet from @username has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder. Learn more: https://support.twitter.com/articles/15795”

The following link goes to the Copyright and DMCA Policy page in Twitter’s Help Center. For images, something similar will be displayed:

“This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

While this may not look to be a significant change, it is. Twitter is attempting to be much more transparent in this instance instead of leaving no explanation to those that maybe follow the person who has content removed. When talking about infringing content, we’re not talking about things like copied and pasted text.

More specifically, you’ll get the warning if you link to content that is suspected or confirmed of hosting infringing materials such as torrent sites, download links to music, software, and so on.

Copyright holders can also request images that are posted through Twitter, including those being used as a profile, header, or background photo, to be removed. If someone files a takedown request, the user will be notified and can either remove the content or dispute the claim.

If the user decides to dispute and is found to be in the wrong, the content will be pulled and a notice will be shown instead. In 2011, Twitter dealt with just 4,410 DMCA takedown requests.


Mike Stenger

Lover of technology, Mike often makes jokes that nobody laughs at.

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