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Twitter resists US court's demand for Occupy tweets

Post by noth » Thu May 10, 2012 4:24 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18002548
A New York state court has called on the firm to release tweets written by an activist who took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests last year.
The micro-blogging service disputes a judge's ruling that messages are owned by the firm rather than its users.
The American Civil Liberties Union commended the company for defending free speech rights.
Twitter's lawyer, Ben Lee, said: "Twitter's terms of service make absolutely clear that its users 'own' their own content. Our filing with the court reaffirms our steadfast commitment to defending those rights for our users."
So if Twitter can refuse a court order on the grounds that it's messages are not owned by the firm, rather the messages are owned by its users, where does the court go from here? 8-)

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Re: Twitter resists US court's demand for Occupy tweets

Post by BMR777 » Thu May 10, 2012 8:04 pm

I would imagine that even if the users continue to own their tweets, Twitter could be compelled to turn them over as they are stored in Twitter's system, so Twitter has at least some level of access over the tweets, even if they don't have ownership.

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Re: Twitter resists US court's demand for Occupy tweets

Post by yuritenshi » Fri May 11, 2012 3:51 am

Probably to a Federal court, if both sides are adamant on the issue, potentially the Supreme Court. Disputing a lower court's decision is common, that's where higher appeals courts come in.

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Re: Twitter resists US court's demand for Occupy tweets

Post by noth » Fri May 11, 2012 9:11 am

One media analyst said Twitter's action also reflected its wider desire to avoid becoming caught up in litigation.

"Twitter, like any internet service provider, wants people who upload material to be responsible - it doesn't want to be in a position where it has to review all of the tweets," Benedict Evans from Enders Analysis told the BBC.

"It sees itself as being like an email provider and doesn't want to have to worry about issues of copyright (and) libel about other matters relating to what people post.

"That said, it can't totally avoid the issue. We have seen cases of US courts forcing email providers to hand over evidence, and Twitter has access to the data."
Twitter are simply seeking to abrogate their responsibilities aren't they?

they just don't want to have the hassle of bothering!

"Twitter, like any internet service provider, wants people who upload material to be responsible - it doesn't want to be in a position where it has to review all of the tweets."

yeah ! why should they have to do that? it takes time and is just a sodding nuisance!! :lol:

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