It’s a long-standing belief here at The edge that copyright is the only real law on the internet because it’s the one rule of speech that most people will accept on most platforms. (At least in the United States.)
Post something that blatantly infringes someone else’s copyright, and most platforms will take action to take it down, as they’re protected from liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if they take action within a reasonable time upon request. And the way the DMCA influences user behavior on platforms is well known: we’ve been writing about “no copyright intended” for over a decade now. There are many people who know how it works.
Anyway, Elon Musk isn’t one of them, and he also laid off the vast majority of Twitter’s trust and security and compliance teams, while at the same time increasing the length of videos you can post on Twitter so you can now just watch The Super Mario Bros. Film on its slowly decaying platform. One copy of the film has been online since April 28 and has, as of its posting… 9.3 million views.
Many of those views came from this Tweet, which itself already has 8.5 million views.
You can also find Avatar: The way of the water this way on Twitter. Hey, why do you think the previous administration at Twitter never allowed 60 minute uploads before?