There has been a lot of buzz recently about freelance author @RunOlgaRun who noticed her joke on Twitter being shared without credit. She asked Twitter to take it down as a violation of her copyright and they responded by replacing the tweet in violation with the text.
“Tweet has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” .
The tweet below was shared by user @PlagiarismBad.
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter is hiding tweets reported stolen. And it’s referring to the author as a “copyright holder” pic.twitter.com/DkteWMZ7zg
— Plagiarism Is Bad (@PlagiarismBad) July 25, 2015
It quickly went viral on Twitter and was picked up by a slew of news agencies, including Time magazine and many others as a new revelation of Twitter policy.
There’s no question that Plagiarism IS bad and Twitter has been responding to DMCA violations for a long time.
With a little research I found tweets back to 2012 and this post by Gigaom about this message from @Mikko in 2012. Mikko Hypponen is CRO and security firm F-Secure and was apparently testing out Twitter’s newly announced DMCA policy.
So yes, Olga is getting a lot of press right now about a fairly lame joke that went viral and re-opened the discussion on intellectual property rights on Twitter and other social networks. But it’s not new to Twitter at all.
Bottom line? Plagiarism is bad. Attribution is good. Be good.