SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Just who owns that photo you’ve posted on Twitter? Well a judge has ruled— you do. The case involved a photojournalist who took photos of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but then news agencies picked up the copyrighted photos and used them.
Agence France-Presse apparently violated the copyright law, infringing on the photographer after he tweeted his photos and the French paper sent his photos to Getty Images and then The Washington Post in turn ran the photos.
The judge in the case ruled the photos belong to the photographer that tweeted them and not to Twitter. In fact, I checked Twitter’s terms of service and they make it clear that you own your content, but that that it doesn’t belong to anybody else.