If someone screenshots your tweet with a picture of you in the icon, and uploads it to another site… by Aonia Masood
Answer by Aonia Masood:
According to Twitter’s Terms of Service, the author reserves the exclusive rights to use, reproduce the content on Twitter as Twitter’s TOS states:
“ You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the rights granted herein to any Content that you submit.”
“All Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such Content.“
While the third parties are not allowed to tweet author’s content without his express authorization. However, while using the Twitter’s services the author also grants Twitter a license to use, publish and adapt his content and also a license to other Twitter user to retweet the content.
Twitter’s TOS states:
“You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use.”
“Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services”
“We may modify or adapt your Content in order to transmit, display or distribute it over computer networks and in various media and/or make changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to any requirements or limitations of any networks, devices, services or media.”
Consequently, the rights to re-use the content also extend to Twitter’s official partners or anyone pulling tweet data through the Twitter API. However, if someone snapshots your tweet and picture posted on Twitter’s platform and posts the same on some other site that may be counted as infringement of your rights since nor the third parties may be considered as Twitter’s official partner neither snapshotting the tweet falls under the ambit of retweeting. Therefore, as suggested by Mr. Mathew Lodge in the comment above, file a take DMCA take down request.
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