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About: twitter fights request for occupy protester's data | reuters

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Prosecutors in Manhattan have sought to build a case around Harris' Tweets by arguing that they show Harris was "well aware of the police instructions, and acted with the intent of obstructing traffic on the bridge," according to court filings.

Harris lost a bid to squash the subpoena in April, after a judge ruled that Twitter holds a license to its users' Tweets.

But the company stepped in on Harris' behalf on Tuesday to argue that the license did not apply to Harris because Twitter's terms of service allow users to retain ownership of the content they publish.

Twitter's motion offered some insight into the six-year-old company's legal posture at a time when it is becoming increasingly entangled in criminal prosecutions involving users. In the past year, protesters around the world have relied on the service to organize and disseminate information during demonstrations.

"Yesterday we filed a motion in NYC to defend a user's voice," Twitter's legal counsel, Benjamin Lee, said in a Tweet on Tuesday. He added: "#corevalues."


... Free speech is still not free to do whatever you want - like inciting and conspiring to commit crimes.

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Comments


Mark de LA says
seth 2012-05-09 10:52:38 15999
Actually this one doesn't make a lot of sense to me.  Twitter is not a walled garden.  When you tweet you always tweet, as it were, in public ... in that anyone can see what you tweet just by following you.  But then maybe i am missing something.
read the story, apparently a judge thinks the "deleted tweets" can be supoened.


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