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AFP Pursues Copyright Case vs "X"; Musk Fumes

France’s international news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), says it is pursuing a copyright case against X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, in an effort to secure potential payment for its news content, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Photo Insert: AFP is seeking payment under European Union (EU) intellectual property rules that cover “neighboring rights,” which allow news outlets and publishers to seek payment from digital platforms for the sharing of their work.



AFP said it applied Wednesday to a Paris court to compel Elon Musk’s rebranded company to provide data it says is needed “for assessing the remuneration owed to AFP.”


The news agency announced the legal action in a statement.



It said it is seeking payment under European Union (EU) intellectual property rules that cover “neighboring rights,” which allow news outlets and publishers to seek payment from digital platforms for the sharing of their work.


France was the first EU country to adopt the rules into national legislation in 2019. “As a leading advocate for the adoption of neighboring rights for the press, AFP remains unwavering in its commitment to the cause,” the news agency said.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

It described the legal action against Twitter as “in line with this ongoing commitment.” AFP said 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.”


AFP claimed that it has faced a “clear refusal” from X to discuss the copyright protections that allow news agencies to seek compensation from digital platforms. In a tweet, Musk called the case “bizarre.”


Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

He added: “They want us to pay (asterisk)them(asterisk) for traffic to their site where they make advertising revenue and we don’t!?”





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