Sebring, FL asked in Business Law and Copyright for Florida

Q: Is a tweet (words or phrases, not pictures) public domain or does ownership automatically attach to the one who posts?

For instance a popular tweet such as a post by someone called @geraldinreverse: "well, well, well, if it isn't the consequenses of my own actions."

It got almost 300K likes and 140K retweets.

Is that phrase owned by @geraldinreverse or can I print that phrase on a shirt and sell it?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: Depends

Consult with an attorney

You are referring to copyright

There are requirements related to copyrights such as innovation and creativity, and also the scope or size of creation

It is likely that what you indicated does not fall under copyright, maybe under trademark but would need to become a brand for a product or service

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