Twitter Gives Up Occupy Wall Street Tweets Rather Than Face Fine

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  Demonstrators rally outside One Police Plaza as police look on during a march by protestors affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement on September 30, 2011 New York City. Over one thousand activists marched to protest police brutality while clogging traffic in Lower Manhattan. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are opposed to outsized corporate profits on Wall Street.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Photo: Mario Tama/2011 Getty Images

After an admirable, protracted legal battle, in which Twitter argued that users own content posted to the site, the company finally folded after being threatened by a judge with a fine. Today, Twitter handed over three months' worth of tweets by Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris, who was arrested along with more than 700 others at a Brooklyn Bridge demonstration last fall. Prosecutors believe that Harris's messages may indicate that he willingly broke the law. Asked what the messages might contain, Harris, whose trial is scheduled for December, deadpanned to the AP, "Three and a half months, a lot of nonsense."