Today, across the internet, people express their thoughts and feelings. Although, there is a time when you ask yourself whether it is the proper basis of your belief or not. The sad thing today is that people tend to believe everything we do, post, and think. If you think about it, are “tweets” actually copyright protected?
On Twitter, the terms of service clearly state that tweeters own anything that they post on the service, but the 140 character limit puts a hold on on making it impossible for their work to reach the level of creativity that is needed for copyright protection. Also defined by the copyright law, titles and short phrases cannot be protected since the length contributes to the loss of originality. Although, facts are not copyrightable, but most tweets are about the weather, traffic, and the person’s life. One can protect potentially a certain assertion of a fact, but one can’t prevent someone else from writing about the same fact.
During the National Basketball Association (NBA), Mark Cuban was fined $25,000 for tweeting during a game about allegedly lousy officiating. What launched thousands of blogs and tweets was the fact that ESPN republished his twitter feed without his permission. Legal experts said that there was not a chance that his tweets were entitled to copyright protection.
Although, as new technologies emerge, so do more lawful questions. Copyrighting a tweet would become a difficult-to-make and difficult-to-enforce for many reasons. Could it ever be considered copyright? It depends. While most tweets would not pass the “copyrightability” test, few could meet the minimum originality demanded by the law.