Even though most of Twitter's employees were fired or quit because of how Elon Musk ran the company, the service is still up and running, and it hasn't completely fallen apart yet, but cracks are already showing as users are uploading full-length movies to Twitter.
The automated copyright strike/takedown system for Twitter was found to be broken late Sunday night (November 20, 2022). A user gained notoriety for posting The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in its entirety in two-minute segments over a 50-tweet thread.
Again, users are uploading full-length movies to Twitter and the system for copyright seems fundamentally flawed. Yes, this specific account was suspended, but only after it gained widespread attention and was possibly noticed by an employee.
Another whole movie, the 1995 film Hackers, was uploaded in a similar thread by a different person and is still accessible as of the time of this writing.
Anyone should be able to see what kind of liability it exposes Twitter too if its copyright system is broken and its newly constrained staff is forced to manually find infringers.
If Twitter can't immediately control this, after media firms learn about it, they could be slammed with all kinds of DMCA accusations and probable legal concerns. It should be mentioned that one of Elon Musk's major concepts for Twitter Blue is to enable users to upload lengthy films that last for at least 40 minutes.
If they can't repair their copyright enforcement system, it would be a nightmare, but it's not evident that anyone there is working on this problem in any significant capacity beyond suspending that one particular Tokyo Drift account.
However, a day later (Nov. 21), Twitter finally took action and banned those accounts.
It's something like this that Twitter will probably want to fix as a priority above other concerns (like putting out Twitter Blue, which Elon says is due out at the end of the week), as it might cause them some severe issues if it isn't resolved.
If all of the following conditions are met, a tweet is copyright protected: The expression must be unique to its author, which means it cannot be plagiarized, and it must display at least a minimal level of ingenuity.
Based on our Repeat Infringer Policy, Twitter may close an account if we get multiple copyright complaints about it or if other signs show a pattern of the repeated infringement.
Extremely graphic content and the sharing of violent or adult material are not permitted in live videos, profile headers, list banner images, or community cover photos. Media depicting sexual assault or violence is also prohibited.
The only way to utilize copyrighted music in your Twitter videos is to ask the copyright owner directly for permission and work out a license. Even if you give credit to the owner, you could still get in trouble for copying, especially if you use the song for business.
Users are uploading full-length movies to Twitter. There have also been reports of World Cup matches being broadcast directly on Twitter, which again seems to be pushing Twitter to manually find these violators and suspend them rather than having an automated method do it.