Tweeted a great joke lately? Was it A) a brilliantly original observation all of your own? Or B) a funny tweet you saw on Twitter and pilfered, sans credit?
If the answer is B) your joke theft might result in your tweet being blocked on copyright grounds — if the original composer of the joke reports your theft as copyright infringement to Twitter.
The Verge covered a recent incidence of this happening, after Twitter user @Plagiarismisbad noticed instances of tweet takedowns relating to a joke originally tweeted by freelance writer Olga Lexell (@runolgarun):
Although, as other Twitter users have pointed out, tweets being blocked on copyright grounds is not in itself a new thing — e.g. this one from two year’s ago:
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