The Houston Rockets have had a bad May.
First, they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Again.
Then Monday, they saw their Twitter account suspended.
The move came in response to a DMCA takedown notice, Buzzfeed's Ryan Mac reported. A Rockets spokesperson told NBC News that the temporary suspension was the result of "a few prior social media posts with copyrighted music."
But the Rockets don't appear to be the only sports team whose account has been temporarily disabled in the face of "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" complaints. Accounts representing Auburn football and Rutgers football also appeared to go offline Monday, while accounts for both Iowa and Iowa State football, as well as Hawkeyes gymnastics experienced a similar fate over the weekend.
Iowans, Tigers, and Rockets… oh my!
The DMCA copyright takedown notices that took out Iowa and Iowa State football twitter accounts this past weekend are now joined by @AuburnFootball and the @HoustonRockets—who knows if they were legit, the system presumes it wasn’t! pic.twitter.com/oQhD2t9rvU
They got Rutgers, too! pic.twitter.com/TcK7lz73Ek
Twitter's online help center says it "will respond to reports of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile or header photo, allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted video or image uploaded through our media hosting services, or Tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials."
If an account receives enough complaints? "Under appropriate circumstances we may suspend user accounts under our repeat infringer policy," Twitter says.
While we're sure @HoustonRockets and others will be back up soon, it seems clear from recent days that teams are being put on notice.
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