Twitter blocks EFF tweet that criticized bogus takedown of a previous tweet

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Twitter and Starz have given us a new example of how copyright enforcement can easily go overboard.

At Starz’s request, Twitter blocked an April 8 tweet by the news site TorrentFreak, which had posted a link to one of its news articles about piracy. News coverage about piracy is obviously not the same thing as piracy, and the article contained only still images from pirated TV shows and did not tell readers where pirated content could be downloaded. Despite that, Twitter blocked access to the tweet in response to the copyright takedown request by Starz, whose show American Gods was mentioned in the TorrentFreak article.

Here’s what the tweet looked like before the takedown:

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