Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement

Posted by @audreylaine, Mon, Feb 19 9:28am

A recent ruling by a New York federal judge could have significant implications for how copyright laws are enforced.

The ruling was made in a case where Justin Goldman accused publications including Breitbart, Time, Yahoo, Vox Media and the Boston Globe of violating his copyright by embedding into their stories tweets with his photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Goldman had posted the photo to Snapchat, but it went viral and other users subsequently uploaded it to Twitter.

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Wow – I don't even know how to start sorting out how this would impact posting and sharing articles with copyrighted photos. I suspect it's a problem for organizations rather than individuals. @dharlow – any thoughts about this?

@DanHinmon

Wow – I don't even know how to start sorting out how this would impact posting and sharing articles with copyrighted photos. I suspect it's a problem for organizations rather than individuals. @dharlow – any thoughts about this?

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I agree! I guess Twitter will have to address the "embed" function that they allow or further explain what is allowed without violating copyright.

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