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Embedding a Tweet Can Violate Copyright Laws

A federal judge in New York has weighed in on this digital gray area.

Embedding a tweet, a common practice by both individuals and media outlets users, can be a copyright infringement. This was established by a judge in the New York federal court after a lawsuit was filed by a photographer. His tweet, containing photos of American football star Tom Brady, had been included in several news sites including Time and Vox.

The practice of integrating the content of tweets is a standard for many blogs and newspapers, and not only happens with Twitter but also Facebook and YouTube. “This verdict should be appealed. But if it is confirmed, it would threaten a widespread practice that benefits millions of Internet users every day, ” read a statement by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), the non-profit association for rights of digital users.

Copyright : La Stampa(Italie) / Worldcrunch.

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