The social media network X, formerly known as Twitter, is being sued for copyright by Agence France-Presse, a French international news agency, in an effort to potentially receive compensation for its news content.
The news organization claimed it filed a court request in Paris on Wednesday to compel Elon Musk’s renamed business to give information that is required “for assessing the remuneration owed to AFP.”
The news organization released a statement announcing the legal action. According to it, it is requesting payment in accordance with EU intellectual property laws that include “neighboring rights,” which permit publishers and news organizations to demand payment from digital platforms for the distribution of their work.
In 2019, France became the first nation in the EU to incorporate the regulations into national law.
According to the news organization, “AFP remains unwavering in its commitment to the cause as a leading advocate for the adoption of neighboring rights for the press.”
The legal action against Twitter was referred to as being “in line with this ongoing commitment.
The AFP declared that it “will continue to employ the appropriate legal means with each relevant platform to ensure the fair distribution of the value generated by the sharing of news content.
According to the agency’s statement, X has made a “clear refusal” to discuss the copyright rights that enable news organizations to request payment from digital platforms.
Musk referred to the case in a tweet as “bizarre.”
They want us to pay them (asterisk) for traffic to their website so they may profit from advertising, but we don’t! “Did he ask?
Concerned that the internet giants are stealing ad money and lowering the quality of journalism, news organizations lobbied for EU copyright reform.