Journalism and Twitter


Is it possible to be protected from the press without notice to use my Twitter? Not long ago, Jeong-eun Seo (24) was embarrassed to hear that her tweet was quoted in some articles because no one from relevant press asked her permission and even they have not reported any other notice. Twitter is a useful material to write articles because of simplicity but the problem often arise when considerably high rate of journalists writes a story using tweets without permission from the users.

Some argue that such behavior obviously infringes intellectual property rights. However, it seems to be very difficult to solve this problem due to vague laws in terms of Twitter property rights. The latest judgment of federal district court in the US implies the significance of property rights in which contents posted in Twitter also must be protected as a property right.

It seems that it should be undertaken to have profound discussion and agreement to protect the Twitters’ property rights. Base on public opinions, enacting law related to SNS service platform such as Twitter should be an urgent priority.

* For the original article in Korean: (by  Yeonghun Kim)


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04 2013

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    This is a very vague area at this point. The way I see it, if you wouldn’t want it published by journalists, then don’t tweet it. It’s just that simple. At least till the laws are clear on how it should be.

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