'Top Gun' Tweeter Flies Into the IP Danger Zone

'Top Gun' Tweeter Flies Into the IP Danger Zone

Paramount Pictures is “watching every motion, in this foolish [tweeter’s] game” and petitioning the social network to take not his breath but his Twitter away. Eriq Gardner in The Hollywood Reporter says the studio’s lawyers have filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice against @555uhz for tweeting out the hit 80s film “Top Gun” one frame at a time.

“The prankster took the time and effort to showcase one of the roles that made Tom Cruise a box office star, posting roughly two or three still images and quotes from the 1986 movie every hour,” says Gardner. He says Twitter suspended the account on Tuesday.

Under the DMCA, sites like Twitter aren’t liable for copyright infringement if they “expeditiously” remove the material once notified. According to Gardner, Twitter wouldn’t respond to questions, other than to direct the Reporter to the site’s Copyright and DMCA policy, which states that Twitter will make a good faith effort to contact the affected account holder and allow him/her to file a counternotification.

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