Copyright infringement is rampant on the internet, and even more so when it’s done by a man with the most powerful position in the world.
But while Trump may not have been the first to get a copyright warning on Twitter, he may be the last to take the bait.
A federal judge in Texas has ordered Twitter to hand over the tweets of Trump, saying they are in violation of copyright.
The ruling, issued Monday, came after a complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against Twitter over Trump’s tweet about the case.
The complaint alleges that the company is infringing on the intellectual property rights of others by notifying users when they have violated copyright.
Trump, whose company owns the popular Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, was the first tweet on the account to say he had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Twitter.
That tweet sparked an outpouring of support from people who felt they were being unfairly targeted by Twitter.
A representative for Twitter told Axios that the tweet was in response to an article in the Dallas Morning News about the suit.
“It’s the first time a president has ever sued a news organization,” said Daniel Vadon, director of the EFF’s digital rights project.
“It is the first case against Twitter in the history of the First Amendment.
The first case by a president in history of any kind.”
The case is the latest of several legal challenges to Trump’s Twitter account.
The Trump administration has been suing Twitter over tweets like the one about the lawsuit filed in January against Trump’s business holdings in Atlantic City.
In March, Trump’s son Eric filed a similar suit against Twitter for allegedly copyright infringement.
In April, a Texas federal judge issued a copyright-infringement warning against Trump for the tweet he posted about the judge in his case, which was widely viewed as a rebuke to the president.
Trump’s Twitter accounts have been hit with multiple copyright claims in recent years, and his tweets were not the first he had to pay.
He’s also been sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Electronic Arts.
In 2016, Trump was the target of a copyright suit from the Motion Pictures Guild of America after it accused him of violating the rights of other people who worked on the film “The Interview,” in which he worked on.
The Trump-linked lawsuit against the MPAA said that Trump was making money off the film’s release, but did not specify what the film was, other than it was a movie.
In the suit, the MPA said Trump’s tweets “in the aggregate and in the scope of the public domain make a substantial amount of money for the plaintiff and the defendant.”
“The lawsuit is a copyright troll suit, and that is an appropriate venue to bring it,” said Michael M. Biederman, senior attorney with the Electronic Information Freedom Project.
“They have made a profit off the public-domain publicity.”