In an earlier post, I posed the question whether tweets are protected by copyright. I concluded that the vast majority will not be protected by copyright, but I specifically suggested examples that, in my view, would be protected by copyright:
- A poet publishes a longer poem on Twitter, one line at a time — each line being a separate tweet;
- An author publishes a novel on Twitter, one sentence at a time (bearing in mind that many years ago, books were often originally published in serial form, in weekly instalments — including works by Charles Dickens — so publication on Twitter might be a way of taking this to an extreme!).
Well, it looks like it’s happening. GalleyCat reports that an author, Matt Stewart, has published a 480,000 character novel, entitled “The French Revolution” on Twitter, and a publisher — Soft Skull — has bought the book on the strength of that.
I say well done to all concerned.