Sorry, You Can't Copyright Your Tweets

The law doesn't cover short phrases, no matter how profound
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2010 12:24 PM CST
Tweets aren't copyright material.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

(Newser) – No matter how brilliant, your tweets just aren't copyright material, writes Jeffrey Zeldman. The law covers "fixed phrases," but that doesn't apply to names, titles, or short phrases. At 140 characters max, tweets are most definitely in the latter category, making them fair game in the public domain. At best, you can try to trademark one. "Good luck with that."

"However original, witty, or profound they may be, nothing more than good manners protects your original expression of authorship," he explains at "If this disturbs you, suck it up, or stop using Twitter—or mark your Twitter feed as private. This will not copyright your Twitter mutterings but it will keep many people from seeing them."

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