The Library of Congress acquired the entire Twitter database recently.
Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.
When you register a copyright, you make that work publicly available through the Library of Congress.
Yes. Please be aware that when you register your claim to a copyright in a work with the U.S. Copyright Office, you are making a public record. All the information you provide on your copyright registration is available to the public and will be available on the Internet.
if a person registers his work with the U.S. Copyright Office, that person has to send a copy of his work to the Library of Congress, where it will be made publicly available for everyone to see.
According to Twitter, you own your tweets (although, it might be the case that they have a license to use or allow others to reuse your work indefinitely).
- 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). [...]
In all such cases, the Terms shall terminate, including, without limitation, your license to use the Services, except that the following sections shall continue to apply: 4, 5, [...]
The exemptions for libraries and archives don't seem to exempt the LOC.
Has the LOC violated copyright by not obtaining permission from Tweeters to reproduce their tweets?
(Note: I am aware that not every tweet is subject to copyright. Statements of fact, short phrases, procedures. It is difficult to believe that of the billions of tweets that none are protected. Size (140 characters) may lead you to think that tweets could not be covered, but what if you wrote a book in 140 byte increments? Additionally the Terms of Service from Twitter may have changed (version 1 did not include the license/sublicense language), so it is possible that their license (and sub licenses) to your work may not have been in place for some of the first tweets.