Twitter suspends sports media accounts after NFL says GIFs violate copyright

20 11 2015
October 13, 2015
Jon Brodkin

Twitter yesterday suspended two sports media accounts after the National Football League and other sports leagues filed takedown notices complaining that their sharing of short game videos violates their copyrights.

The Twitter suspensions hit the main Deadspin account and an SB Nation account devoted to tweeting GIFs. Both were targeted because they share videos of professional and college football games.

A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the suspensions but referred to the company’s copyright policy and provided Ars with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices filed by agencies representing the NFL and other copyright owners. There were 13 DMCA takedown notices from the NFL, one from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and eight from the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 college football conferences. (You can read them all here.)


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