Twitter: The latest digital Indigenous risk

Twitter: The latest digital Indigenous risk

Section 5 of the new Twitter Terms of Service state that Twitter users are now bound to giver full worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute any information you tweet. Twitter stops short of claiming any copyright or intellectual property rights from you, unlike Facebook.

The new Twitter Terms of Service that was sent out today can be read online here and downloaded as a pdf.

We are increasingly seeing social media terms of use claim ownership whether full or part of what we use in social media.
Again, I would urge Indigenous communities not to use Twitter to disseminate Traditional Knowledge or photos and images that they are not comfortable with Twitter using and sharing with their networks.


Section 9 Copyright Policy does not directly offer any Traditional Knowledge protection though it states it respects intellectual property rights of others and expects users of Twitter to do the same. I hope Indigenous groups can challenge this as a test case.

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