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Elon Musk calls AFP lawsuit ‘bizarre’

    Elon Musk calls AFP lawsuit 'bizarre'

    Agency France-Presse is taking legal action against Twitter related to payments for sharing news. It alleged Elon Musk’s “categorical refusal” to discuss compensation on the platform.

    Twitter, now known as X, is facing another lawsuit, this time from Agence France-Presse, the world’s oldest news agency.

    AFP said in a Wednesday press release that it has taken legal action after X’s “categorical refusal” to discuss payment for delivering news content.

    The news agency is hoping a Paris court will order an injunction to compel X to hand over “all the necessary elements needed to assess the remuneration”.

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    The dispute relates to a French copyright law called “neighboring rights”, which was enacted in 2019. It added that news publishers are entitled to payment from digital platforms that reproduce their work.

    Google has been fined 500 million euros in 2021 – the largest fine ever handed out by the French competition authority – with the press required to negotiate compensation “in good faith”, reports Euronews. To respect the measures. Don’t do this.

    “This is bizarre,” Elon Musk said in an X post about AFP’s legal action. “They want us to pay *them* for traffic to their site where they make advertising revenue and we don’t!”

    Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

    “As a leading advocate for the adoption of neighboring rights for the press, four years after the law was adopted, AFP remains unwavering in its commitment to this objective,” the news agency said.

    “The agency will continue to use appropriate legal means with each relevant platform to ensure fair distribution of value arising from sharing of news content.”

    AFP’s lawsuit comes a day after Meta shut down news availability in Canada in response to a new law that requires tech companies to pay media organizations if they host Canadian news on their platforms.

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