Twitter Copyright Complaints Up 76% Since Last Report

Following in the footsteps of Google, Twitter now regularly publishes is own transparency report. According to the company, copyright takedown requests are up 76% on the final six month period of 2012.

twitterlogoThe decision by Google to publish a transparency report is an extremely welcome development.

The publication of this information will not only help us understand what is happening on the web today from a copyright perspective, but usher in a more open environment in which big companies – and smaller ones – can be held publicly accountable for their actions.

As recently reported, this year Google will receive a couple of hundred million takedown requests from rightsholders. From Twitter’s own report published yesterday, we can see that the short-messaging company has a dramatically smaller burden in comparison.

Twitter says that between January 1 and June 30 this year it received just 5,753 copyright takedown notices, a 76% increase on the previous six month period.

In all the notices affected a total of 22,399 Twitter accounts and led to the removal of 18,413 tweets and 3,993 items of media such as background images and photos.

Interestingly, only 61% of the copyright notices received by Twitter led to material being removed. The company also received just six counter notices, all of which resulted in content being restored.

Twitter’s full transparency report can be found here.


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