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AFP sues Musk’s X for refusing to enter news reuse payment talks on August 3, 2023 at 9:07 am

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Elon Musk-owned X, formerly Twitter, is facing legal action brought under copyright law in France. The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency has announced that it’s suing the social media platform over what it calls a “clear refusal” to enter into discussions with it about remuneration for the sharing of its news content on X.

AFP said it’s seeking an urgent injunction from a court in Paris to compel X to provide it with the necessary information on reuse of its content so it can calculate how much money it is due under France’s neighboring rights legislation.

“[AFP] has expressed its concerns over the clear refusal from Twitter (recently rebranded as ‘X’) to enter into discussions regarding the implementation of neighbouring rights for the press. These rights were established to enable news agencies and publishers to be remunerated by digital platforms which retain most of the monetary value generated by the distribution of news content,” the news agency wrote in a press release.

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“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, in accordance with the law, to provide all the necessary elements required for assessing the remuneration owed to AFP under the neighbouring rights legislation.”

“As a leading advocate for the adoption of neighbouring rights for the press, AFP remains unwavering in its commitment to the cause, even four years after the law’s adoption,” AFP added. “The legal proceedings initiated against Twitter today are in line with this ongoing commitment. The Agency 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.”

The extension of copyright law to cover excerpts of news content being reshared on digital platforms was agreed by the European Union back in 2019 and transposed into French law in July of the same year. But apparently Musk never got the memo. (Tbf, he was probably a bit more focused on building electric cars, firing rockets into space, digging big holes in the ground and trolling people on Twitter back then… )

The extension to EU copyright law covers all but the shortest snippets of news content which are shared on digital platforms, such as article extracts. It isn’t limited to text either — also covering other content produced by news publishers, such as photographs, videos and infographics. News publishers’ content is covered for two years after its publication date.

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Writing on X in a response to news of AFP’s lawsuit being shared on X he wrote: “This is bizarre. They want us to pay *them* for traffic to their site where they make advertising revenue and we don’t!?”

Search giant Google has previously fallen foul of France’s neighboring rights legislation — after the national antitrust authority got involved following complaints by a number of publishers (including AFP) that it was failing to fairly negotiate with news publishers about payments for reuse of their content.

That antitrust probe led on to the competition authority issuing Google with a fine of over half a billion dollars a little over two years ago. Google subsequently settled the dispute by offering a set of behavioral commitments over how it would negotiation with publishers. And went on to ink multi-year deals with AFP and other publishers to pay them for reuse of their content.

In X’s case a complaint it’s flouting the neighbouring rights law seems less likely to trigger an intervention from the competition authority given how — unlike Google — the Musk-owned social media platform does not hold a dominant position in general search services. (Or even, arguably, in social media, where a number of rival platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, have far more users.)

Google had also sought to directly circumvent the law’s requirement to negotiate licensing terms with publishers by announcing it would no longer display any of their news snippets across products such as Google Search and Google News unless they granted it free reuse of their content.

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That unilateral attempt to escape the law’s effect triggered a swift response from the competition authority for suspected abuse of a dominant position — including issuing Google with an interim order barring it from stopping displaying publishers’ news and mandating it enter into discussions about remuneration.

The EU is not the only region where digital platforms are legally required to enter talks with publishers to remunerate for news reuse. Australia passed a news bargaining code targeting Google and Facebook back in 2021. While Canada’s parliament recently passed the Online News Act, which also requires tech platforms negotiate with publishers in order to establish “fair revenue sharing” over their content.

However in the latter case Meta and Google continue to lobby against the measure and have suggested they will end news availability in Canada, rather than comply with the law.

Google drops appeal against €500M antitrust news licensing fine

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​ Elon Musk-owned X, formerly Twitter, is facing legal action brought under copyright law in France. The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency has announced that it’s suing the social media platform over what it calls a “clear refusal” to enter into discussions with it about remuneration for the sharing of its news content on X. AFP 

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Clean Cyclers, alongside Sustainability Unscripted and other sustainability partners, is gearing up to host the 3rd Edition of the Global Sustainability Summit in the United Kingdom. Scheduled for March 28 – 29, 2024, at the prestigious House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, the summit aims to raise awareness, promote collaboration across disciplines, tackle global challenges with local solutions, and advocate for social equity.

Canon Otto, the organizer and founder of Clean Cyclers, emphasized the summit’s commitment to inclusivity, prioritizing climate action, environmental stewardship, and identifying policy pathways for sustainable development. Under the theme “Advancing Sustainability, a Journey Towards a Greener Future,” the summit will gather leading visionaries, experts, innovators, and change-makers from global corporations, organizations, and government agencies to brainstorm strategies for adopting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability Businessman Otton Canon

The summit will feature panel sessions addressing urgent topics such as climate action, circular economy, renewable energy revolution, sustainable cities, biodiversity conservation, green finance, sustainable agriculture, and climate justice. Additionally, it will recognize and celebrate companies, governments, organizations, and individuals demonstrating commitment to sustainability through practical initiatives and the realization of short-term objectives and long-term goals.

In a statement, the organizers highlighted the broad spectrum of sustainability practices, policies, and innovations aimed at mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, protecting natural resources, and promoting social equity. The theme “Advancing Sustainability” underscores the need for a shift from short-term exploitative approaches to long-term regenerative ones, reflecting humanity’s ability to learn, adapt, and innovate.

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The summit aims to foster knowledge exchange, collaboration, and actionable solutions over two days of physical gathering at the House of Parliament in London. Participants will explore diverse perspectives, share knowledge, and work together to shape strategies that drive meaningful change and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

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From Entertainment to Innovation: Nigerian Trailblazers at House of Lords, March 28th, 2024, explores the transformative journey of these visionary individuals in global innovation. Join us as we celebrate their remarkable achievements and discuss the future of sustainable innovation on the world stage.

In a remarkable journey from the world of entertainment to the forefront of innovation, Nigerian visionaries are making waves on the global stage, transcending boundaries and redefining what it means to be a leader in sustainability. At the heart of this movement lies the upcoming 3rd Edition of the Global Sustainability Summit, set to take place at the historic House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, United Kingdom, on March 28th, 2024.

Hosted by Clean Cyclers in collaboration with Sustainability Unscripted and other esteemed partners, this summit represents a pivotal moment in the advancement of sustainability as a global practice. With the theme ‘Advancing Sustainability: A Journey Towards A Greener Future’, the event serves as a platform for leading experts, innovators, and change-makers to come together and strategize on the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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From addressing urgent issues such as Climate Action and Circular Economy to exploring innovative solutions in Renewable Energy Revolution and Sustainable Cities, the summit aims to foster collaboration and drive meaningful change on a global scale. It will feature panel sessions where pressing topics like Biodiversity Conservation, Green Finance, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate Justice will be deliberated upon by thought leaders from various sectors.

Lord Simon Wooley, Hosue of Lords, Baron Woolley of Woodford and Businessman Otto Canon

Central to this movement is Mr. Canon Otto, whose transformative journey from the glitz of Nigerian reality television to the helm of sustainability leadership exemplifies the power of purpose-driven action. As the visionary force behind Clean Cyclers, Mr. Otto has dedicated himself to championing causes that shape the future of our planet. His collaboration with Sustainability Unscripted underscores the importance of partnership in driving substantive change and amplifying impact.

Reflecting on the significance of the summit, Mr. Otto emphasizes the urgency and potential of embracing sustainability as a guiding principle in all aspects of human endeavors. He envisions the event as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and actionable solutions that will accelerate progress towards a sustainable future for generations to come.

As the world looks towards a greener and more equitable future, the Global Sustainability Summit stands as a beacon of hope and possibility. It is a testament to the power of collective action and the transformative potential of visionary leadership. Join us as we embark on this journey towards a brighter tomorrow, led by Nigerian trailblazers who are shaping the world of tomorrow, today.

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