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    Eat Lead!!! You Own Your Tweets, But So Does Twitter? Ironstreets's Avatar
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    Reading about changes to a site's terms of service is a lot like hearing someone say, "We have to talk." It's never a good sign.

    So, despite the calm way in which Twitter's Biz Stone described the site's updated terms of service, I'm raising skeptical eyebrow. We've heard a lot today about the new terms' advertising possibilities, but I'm more alarmed by the declarations of what Twitter can do with your content.

    Stone notes that "your tweets belong to you, and not to Twitter." At the same time, Twitter is allowed to "use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed)."

    After all that, what ownership do I have that Twitter doesn't?

    Let's make an analogy. Say I write a sentence on a piece of paper. They're my words, on my paper, plain and simple. But let's say the paper company had declared that it can take those words and use them as it pleases, because they were written on the company's paper. Can I still say that I'm the owner of those words?

    The justification for Twitter's reproduction rights is, simply, "that's what we do." Not good enough.

    Twitter's terms look a lot like the ones that got Facebook into hot water earlier this year. They're not word-for-word the same, but you see a lot of similar language: use, copy, scan, reformat, modify, edit.

    Not surprisingly, Twitter moved to pre-empt the backlash that Facebook faced by saying that "your tweets belong to you." (Facebook said it in reverse: "We are not claiming and have never claimed ownership of material that users upload.")

    We're talking semantics here. The bigger problem is the blanket claims these social networking sites are making on users' content. I appreciate that Twitter's terms of service are brief and readable, but I'd rather the site spell out exactly how and where it intends to use people's tweets, so we're all on the same page.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/17189...s_twitter.html


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    I LOVE WALE, LUPE & CUDI You Own Your Tweets, But So Does Twitter? Orchid's Avatar
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    interesting ...if they were to use tweets to put out in the public it would most likely be if it was for something serious (i.e. court for any reason) i doubt that they would use it without a cause
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchid View Post
    interesting ...if they were to use tweets to put out in the public it would most likely be if it was for something serious (i.e. court for any reason) i doubt that they would use it without a cause
    then u better not be tweetin about cheatin on them dudes


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironstreets View Post
    then u better not be tweetin about cheatin on them dudes
    nope i dont cheat ...thanks for the reminder that cheaters is on lol
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    ... i don't see any point to this article. If you posting on Twitter expect them to own ur content...same as on Facebook...Ur pictures become ownership of Facebook.

    Same with HipHopStan.com, if you post a breakthrough world changing idea in the chatbox, it becomes ownership of HipHopStan.
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    Default Re: You Own Your Tweets, But So Does Twitter?

    i dont use it so oh well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opportunist View Post
    ... i don't see any point to this article. If you posting on Twitter expect them to own ur content...same as on Facebook...Ur pictures become ownership of Facebook.

    Same with HipHopStan.com, if you post a breakthrough world changing idea in the chatbox, it becomes ownership of HipHopStan.
    well there goes that idea


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    i with fresh i do no use that site~!

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