Funny, creative, and original tweets are hard to come by. That is why any new, creative or extreemly hilarious tweet quickly gets thousands of ‘#copied’ harsh tag minutes after it goes viral. Kenyans on twitter are notorious for copying funny tweets, often without giving credit to the original owner, or copyright owner. At the end of the day, it is even impossible to track who the creator, or as twitter is referring to them; copyright owner, is.
Twitter seemed to have gotten tired of these blatant copyright infringements on its network.
Therefore, if you are the original owner of a joke, you can now get twitter to delete all copied tweets from any user who tweets your joke without giving you credit.
According to Verge, Twitter has already banned a number of tweets. One of such tweets is one belonging to an influential blogger after she reported that the copycats had infringed on her copyright.
The blogger, whose twitter username is @runolgarun, explained her decision to report the copied tweets this way:
I simply explained to Twitter that as a freelance writer I make my living writing jokes (and I use some of my tweets to test out jokes in my other writing). I then explained that as such, the jokes are my intellectual property, and that the users in question did not have my permission to repost them without giving me credit.
Keeping Copy Cats From Plagiarism Is A Lot Harder In Real Life
While it is easy to report plagiarizers, it appears that keeping tweets from being copied across the social networks, even twitter is not easy. This is because viral content and tweets spreads so fast that it is almost impossible to ban all the people copying the content, Even in the case of @runolgarun’s case, the initial tweet was copied by more than 100 account, despite twitter blocking it on some of the original plagiarizers.