Copyrighting a Tweet
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I bet that there's probably a very applicable tie in here regarding copyrighted advertising slogans (e.g. "got milk?"). If a corporation can copyright a saying, or something of the sort for the purpose of brand identification, I wonder if the argument can be made that Twitter is just another medium to convey such advertising? I think your main idea here is really interesting.
It was really interesting to see that even if it is 140 characters or less can be copyrighted. Since I am a business admin major student, I always look at the copyright in a marketer point of view, but you and other students were actually looking at it in a literature way. Before I took this class and read your storify, I think of copyright as a mean of maximizing shareholder's profits. Which means no matter how long or short the sentences are, it will be valued as how much it can be sold. I haven't really thought about how it is worth just publishing out in the world.
The links you have listed are very interesting and bring up valid points that haven't crossed my mind. However, I'd like to see some of your voice on the subject. After prompting the question 'What happens if information can be copyrighted, even if it is 140 characters are less?" and listing the possibilities, put in some of your thought. Maybe argue what you think the benefits of copyrighting a tweet are? Who will this benefit? Will it have a positive impact on our culture? What happens when worthless phrases think they deserve to be protected by copyright?
Secondly, as you mention in your first sentence that the comfort of Twitter is that it's free, I'd be interested to see some speculations on what putting a price on a tweet would mean. This topic has so many interesting outcomes I'm excited to read the rest of your paper!
Based upon your second link, I kind of got a feel for what side of the argument you are taking. I hope I'm not completely off, but it seems like you're leaning towards being against the copyrighting of tweets. I'm looking forward to the approach you're going to take on this subject, like Becca said, there are so many different routes to take a topic like this. I really liked the first link too, it kind of brings a sense of reality to the whole idea of tweets becoming copyrighted. I clicked on the "Find Out" button and was given a list of 3,769 users who license their tweets, which surprised me because I didn't think that copyrighting of tweets would be as popular in the present. I think it would be interesting to explore what would become of hash tags or retweets and how (if at all) would they be protected against copyright infringement.
Interesting and relevant topic. I found the second article quite enlightening. I think the issue here will be differentiating between different types of tweets. It seems like this will be very problematic however because the medium of Twitter doesn’t provide much context at all, so proving one’s intent behind a tweet seems difficult. Like others are saying, though you’re obviously not finished yet, if you included more of your own opinion about the issue I think that would bode well for you and help filter your evidence.
Fascinating topic, Corey! As you continue thinking about where the main focus of this story should lie, you might consider at least the following three (rather different) directions: (1) Authenticity: If one concern about the ease of reproducing tweets and creating misleading identities is the loss of identity (or brand) control, are there ways — other than the kind of expensive legal route taken by the Food Network — to fight back? (2) Content ownership: Should the easy reproducibility of tweets cause us to re-think our understanding of what "plagiarism" actually is? (3) Business models: For someone like Martin, can "giving away" content function in much the way that giving away music seems to be functioning for some popular music artists — i.e., as advertising for "premium content" (a book of Martin's collected tweets, combined with introduction) or for other consumables (t-shirts bearing Martin tweets?).