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OFF BEAT: Twitter user told to stop tweeting 'Top Gun' frames


Twitter user @555uhz has had its wings clipped: The Twitter account was grounded Feb. 25 at the request of Paramount Pictures Corp., which wanted to stop @555uhz from tweeting out the 1986 hit movie “Top Gun” one frame at a time.

“Splash One.”

In a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice sent to Twitter by Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton L.L.P. Paramount said it “is the owner of copyright and other intellectual property rights in and to the “Top Gun” motion picture (hereinafter referred to as “Top Gun”). No one is authorized to copy, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use Top Gun without the express written permission of Paramount.”

Posting just two or three frames per hour, there had been some speculation as to how long it would take @555uhz to complete the film via Twitter, if even possible.

The question, however, is now moot: Maverick still wins battles in the air at the edge of space, and now Paramount has prevailed in the growing battle over cyberspace.

Before it was shot down by Twitter, @555uhz reportedly had 5,200 followers for its 1,525 tweets.