Ladies and gentlemen, even your Tweets can be considered intellectual property when protected by law.
We bring this up after discovering a video by an artist and Tiktoker, @imaneurope who is defending herself after a quote she created on Twitter was stolen from her by another Tiktoker (@niko_lapelusa).
To make matters worse, Niko is currently going viral for her words!
This is the beautiful tweet Iman Europe made back in March of 2019:
don’t let this tainted ‘self love’ trend have you 50 & alone because you walked away from everything that ‘didn’t serve you’ instead of learning conflict resolution.
— Iman Europe ? (@ImanEurope) March 16, 2019
and this is the video Tiktoker Niko created with no credit:
Man they colonizing everything https://t.co/50H4trZIV8
— ALL FOR ONE (@HeyKujo) July 18, 2021
When Iman Europe realized what happened she posted the following on TikTok:
View this post on Instagram
Twitter wasn’t having it:
Yep. He posted it on his FB in 2020. ?? Yes. I scrolled through his plethora of stolen quotes for an hour to find it. Lol. I need more coffee! It’s too early for my FBI research. Get ‘em!
— ????? (@Cynamongirl) July 19, 2021
1) I am now following her. 2) Why do WP have no issue with plagiarism?
Seriously, in the real world, plagiarizing can get you a failed grade, it can get you fired.
So why do some believe stealing from BW and publishing on sm is ok?
Give BW credit for their content https://t.co/g9A11wOPzc
— Princess Petty Fil-Am (@Culinary_orgasm) July 18, 2021
And Tiktok is a whole vibe as well:
i ain’t gon lie to y’all… they’re lighting his ass up on tik tok and i feel validated. pic.twitter.com/HnCUmZU6mK
— Iman Europe ? (@ImanEurope) July 19, 2021
Sis made merch! featuring her quote all over it, and we are so here for it all.
Her merch available hereeee ???
This is when I love the internet https://t.co/O1g9LMARFs
— Artist Shelley Bruce (@ShelleyBruce) July 19, 2021
The rules of engagement are simple, creative property, written intellect regardless of what platform it’s on and what year they wrote it can inspire you to create your own, but you MUST give credit where credit is due when you did not come up with it.
How do you steal someone’s thoughts? – SMH