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Twitter Killing Off Vine: Goodbye Six-Second Videos

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After being acquired by Twitter in 2012 and launching to the public in 2013, Vine became a pioneer of the idea of sharing short videos socially. Now its famous 6-second video loops are coming to an end: Twitter announced today that it’s discontinuing the Vine mobile app.

In a post published on Medium, Twitter writes that the app will be killed off sometime in the “coming months.”

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For the time being, however, your app, the Vine website, and existing Vines will continue to be available.

“We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way,” Twitter says. “You’ll be able to access and download your Vines.”

“We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.”

So it seems that after the app is discontinued, the Vine website and videos will still exist for a time as a read-only service. You just won’t be able to upload any new content to your account.

There’s also no promise that Vines will be hosted indefinitely, so if you value the memories you’ve captured and shared, now might be a good time to download your content to ensure that your 6-second videos live on.

(via Vine via Engadget)

This Drone Photo Helped Save a Man and His Dog from Their Flooded Home

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This is one of the best “Internet saves the day” stories we’ve run across. When a filmmaker in North Carolina took his drone out to survey the damage done by Hurricane Matthew, he inadvertently helped rescue a man and his elderly dog who were trapped in a flooded house.

You can’t make this stuff up.

On October 9th, filmmaker ImSoFIRST decided to take his drone out and capture footage of Hope Mills, North Carolina, where entire houses were underwater because of Hurricane Matthew. After the shoot, he posted this still to Instagram and Twitter:


Photographer Sues Twitter for Not Removing Photos Despite DMCA Requests

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A photographer has launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the social media company failed to remove a photo of hers that was posted without permission, and even after she sent multiple DMCA takedown requests to have the posts deleted.

TorrentFreak reports that Wisconsin-based photographer Jennifer Rondinelli Reilly filed her complaint at a federal court in California this week.

Reilly claims that after discovering her photo being shared on Twitter, she sent 28 notices to Twitter about a large number of infringements. Although the company apparently acted on some of them, 50 of the 56 infringements were not taken down, Reilly says.

Here’s a copy of the DMCA take down email that Reilly sent to Twitter:

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The photo at the center of the lawsuit is titled “Red Lips And Microphone,” and is being sold by Reilly as a fine art print.

It appears that the photo was taken and modified to promote an annual “Poetic Justice” event at the University of North Texas. It was retweeted a number of times by those helping to promote the event.

While the specific Tweet mentioned in the takedown request above has been deleted by Twitter, a number of Tweets containing the photo are still available online at the time of this post:

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The DMCA’s “Safe Harbor” provision protects Internet companies from being responsible for the copyright infringements of their users, but only if they promptly and adequately respond to DMCA take down requests. If a company fails to honor DMCA requests, they could be held liable.

Reilly says that’s what happened in this case. “Twitter had actual knowledge of the Infringing Uses,” the lawsuit states. “Reilly provided notice to Twitter in compliance with the DMCA, and Twitter failed to expeditiously disable access to or remove the Infringing Uses.”

“Twitter acted willfully,” the text continues. “Alternatively, Twitter directly infringed Reilly’s copyrights by continuing to allow public access to the Infringing Uses on Twitter’s server…”

Here’s a copy of the complaint:

Reilly is asking that the court to force Twitter to remove all infringing photos as well as pay Reilly compensation for both actual and statutory damages.