Twitter apparently hates joke thieves.
Becoming a bonafide story, The Verge and other online sites are reporting that Twitter is now in the business of removing stolen jokes and plagiarized opinion on their site. Apparently, this whole story kicked off when @runolgarun account author filed a DMCA notice against Twitter, hoping to protect her intellectual property. Trust me, I feel like I’m on loose ground reporting on a plagiarism story that has been told first by other people. Apparently though, Olga Lexell is a freelance writer and comedian who tests her humor and other thoughts on social media. So naturally, when other people stole her thoughts for use without attribution, she got a bit pissed.
The joke in question, which is definitely L.A.-based humor:
saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side
— uh (@runolgarun) July 9, 2015
Once she filed her DMCA, Twitter dutifully pulled several copycat texts that had taken her material and recycled it out:
According to The Verge, “Twitter, like many companies that host content from users, has an entire system for handling claims of copyright infringement. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Twitter is provided “safe harbor” from copyright claims so long as it does not try to protect infringing material.” The story was initially broken by @plagiarismbad, so all credit goes to them on this!
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter is hiding tweets reported stolen. And it’s referring to the author as a “copyright holder” pic.twitter.com/DkteWMZ7zg
— Plagiarism Is Bad (@PlagiarismBad) July 25, 2015
Don’t steal — jokes or news reports!