Social media — including Facebook and Twitter — has quickly become part of our daily lives. User generated content (UGC), including images, video, audio, and text, are uploaded everyday without thought as to whether it is protected under copyright law. But some are starting to ask questions on the limits of copyright in social media. Is a single “tweet” on Twitter entitled to protection? If not, what about a string of compiled tweets?
It is clearly a crime to hack someone else’s computer. In addition to criminal penalties, Pen C §502 provides that the hackee who suffers loss or damages from a violation of the statute has the right to bring a civil action against the violator for compensatory damages and injunctive relief. But what about hacking into someone’s Facebook or Twitter account?