• Houston Rockets' Twitter account temporarily suspended over copyright issues

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets’ Twitter account was temporarily suspended Monday because of copyrighted music on its social media site, KHOU reported.

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    As of Monday evening. the NBA team’s account was still down, the television station reported.

    "Our Twitter account has been temporarily suspended due to a few prior social media posts with copyrighted music," the Rockets said in a statement. "We are working to correct the issue now."

    Twitter accounts for several college football programs, including Auburn, Iowa, Iowa State and Rutgers were suspended Saturday, along with Iowa gymnastics, also because of copyright issues, the Houston Chronicle reported.

    Twitter, according to its terms of service, said the company “reserve(s) the right to remove content that violates the user agreement, including for example, copyright or trademark violations, impersonation, unlawful conduct, or harassment.”

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a big Rockets’ fan, made reference to “The Big Lebowski” in a tweet objecting to the team’s account suspension, KTRK reported, posting, “This aggression will not stand, man.” 

    As of Monday, the Rockets’ Twitter account had 2.8 million followers, the Chronicle reported.

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