I came across an article on The Guardian about a case concerning photographs acquired from Twitter.
The case is one of the first to address how images shared publicly on social media by individuals can by used by third parties for commercial puposes.
A US jury ruled in favor of freelance photographer Daniel Morel who took pictures of the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and later uploaded them to Twitter. The jury ordered Agence France-Presse and Getty Images to pay a total of $1.2 million dollars for republishing the photos without Morel's permission.
This decision could become a very important to how these copyright issues caused by social media will be handled in the future.
As an artist, this decision is comforting. I have often been told not to share my works online for fear of people claiming it as their own.