With all the privacy policies changing in social networks such as Facebook or Instagram you may never considered the option of licensing your tweets under a Creative Commons, did you? Tracking Creative Commons-related tweets I found this one from @holikaw: All my tweets are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. http://sokt.eu/cc. As you can find out, the tweet is linking to the License Deed.
The question arose: Can tweets be under a Creative Commons licenses?
A quick Google research landed to the website TweetCC. As the description explains, it started when writer Andy Clarke (
@Malarkey) was asked by his publisher to get permisssion from the Twitter users he was showing in his upcoming book. The web description quoted an extract, that cannot be found anymore in the current Twitter Terms of Service, but said:
We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide. Your profile and materials uploaded remain yours. […] (Twitter) also encourages users to contribute their creations to the public domain or consider progressive licensing terms.
The system is simple, doesn’t even need of an external app authorization. You just have to tweet: “@tweetcc: I license my tweets under a Creative Commons (licence of your choice)”. Apparently, this is it. This Twitter profile hasn’t being update since February 2009 but many Twitter users are still licensing their CC-tweets nowadays.
I am not 100% sure about the legal validity of this (feedback from Intelectual Property experts may be welcome) but, at least, this gives a new visibility channel to Creative Commons. If you’re still wary, Creative Commons website posted it in February 2009, which gives tweetCC more credibility. The post also mentions the free-as-in-speech service identi.ca.