“The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency is going to take legal action against X, formerly Twitter, the Elon Musk-owned social platform under copyright law in France.”
It looks like Elon Musk’s problems are never going to end or Musk is born to stay in the news. Since he owned the popular microblogging platform Twitter, Elon has been trending. Sometimes for firing his employees, sometimes for changing the blue bird icon to “X”. This time problem for Musk has come from France.
The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency is going to take legal action against X, formerly Twitter, the Elon Musk-owned social platform under copyright law in France. The reason for the lawsuit is that AFP says X has given a “clear refusal” to discuss with the agency about remuneration for the sharing of its news content on X.
Why is AFP Going to File Lawsuit Against Elon-Musk Owned X?
AFP has announced that it is seeking an immediate injunction from a Paris court to require X to provide the necessary information regarding the reuse of its content. This information is critical for AFP to accurately calculate the amount of money it is entitled to under France’s neighboring rights legislation.
The news agency said, “Today, AFP announces that it has taken legal action to obtain an urgent injunction before the Judicial Court of Paris. This move is aimed at compelling Twitter, following the law, to provide all the necessary elements required for assessing the remuneration owed to AFP under the neighboring rights legislation.”
European Union Took A Major Step to Extend Copyright Laws for News Content-
In 2019, the European Union extended copyright laws to cover excerpts of news content that are reshared on digital platforms. This law was transposed into French law in July of the same year. However, it seems that Musk was not aware of this change.
The news agency [AFP] has raised concerns about Twitter’s recent refusal to discuss the implementation of neighboring rights for the press. These rights were created to allow news agencies and publishers to receive compensation from digital platforms that profit the most from the distribution of news content. Twitter, which has recently rebranded as ‘X’, has declined to engage in these discussions.