Twitter – What Are You Thinking?

This morning as my husband and I were having our usual Sunday morning breakfast, we tuned in the TV to the BBC Skynews channel. We usually switch between Skynews and CNN, whatever tickles our fancy and whatever may be happening around the world that is news worthy.

Imagine my surprise when scrolling across the bottom of the screen, I see the following:

“Twitter to sell tweets to markerters”

OMG, why and how can they do that without asking for peoples permissions? Is intellectual property not sacred anymore? Do we as tweeters, not own the copyrights to those tweets. Yes we are sharing them for the world to see, but we do not intend for them to be sold to make profits or for advertising and the original poster not to receive some benefit from that sale.

I do not know your feelings on the matter, but I feel this is a blatant violation and if not then it certainly is unethical. I have read the T & C’s of Twitter and it does state:

Your Rights

You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).”

But it DOES NOT say Twitter has a right to sell or to profit from the tweets!!

These might be worth a revisit:           

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