While Twitter is still online even after Twitter apparently briefly closed all of its offices late last week, prompting issues that the site might permanently go offline, there are some aspects that appear to be either broken or not working as they formerly had been. Amongst them are Twitter’s copyright strike/takedown system. According to a report from Forbes, the system appears to be non-functional after a user went viral for submitting and publishing the complete The Quick and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in two-minute clips throughout a 50-tweet thread.
This is what Twitter’s official copyright policy states: Twitter will react to reports of supposed copyright violation, such as claims worrying the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile or header picture, allegations worrying the unauthorized use of a copyrighted video or image uploaded through our media hosting services, or Tweets including links to presumably infringing products,
The thread was apparently gone as of this morning, but there are still some unusual problems. Forbes notes that the media– in this case, the video clips– were never ever in fact taken down. When the takedown system was working, users could still see the tweet, but the media was replaced with a message that read the media can not be shown. Forbes notes that the account in concern this time appears to have actually been manually suspended, but it also was still appearing on mobile– complete with the videos being playable.
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But it’s not just this one account with this one film. Others have discovered threads containing other films, including the 1995 film Hackers, all uploaded in 2-minute clips. As some have noted this can be a big problem for Twitter, amidst the other issues that the site has actually been facing in the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover. In this case, Twitter could be struck with different DMCA claims and legal problems if copyright strikes aren’t handled quickly.
The most current were last week after Musk reportedly offered remaining staff members at Twitter the demand to either put in long hours in what he called becoming exceptionally hardcore or resigning and taking a three-month severance plan. It’s been reported that around 75 percent of workers decided for the severance package, prompting the momentary closure of Twitter’s offices to prevent any prospective sabotage.
While Twitter is still online even after Twitter apparently momentarily closed all of its offices late last week, triggering issues that the site might permanently go offline, there are some elements that appear to be either broken or not operating as they formerly had been. Amongst them are Twitter’s copyright strike/takedown system. In this case, Twitter might be struck with numerous DMCA claims and legal issues if copyright strikes aren’t dealt with rapidly.