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X Faces $250M Copyright Lawsuit: Legal Battle and Implications Explained
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X Faces $250M Copyright Lawsuit: Legal Battle and Implications Explained

Home X Faces $250M Copyright Lawsuit: Legal Battle and Implications Explained

X, the social media platform formally known as Twitter, has taken a bold stance in the face of a recent copyright infringement lawsuit. The lawsuit, involving a consortium of 17 plaintiffs that includes Sony Publishing, Warner Chappell, and Universal Music Group, alleges significant copyright violations on the platform. Seeking damages of $250 million for what they claim are “hundreds of thousands” of copyright infringements spanning about 1,700 musical works, the plaintiffs are pushing for accountability.


However, X is not backing down easily. Its legal team has launched a comprehensive defense that hinges on a 2005 Supreme Court ruling from MGM Studios v. Grokster. Drawing on this precedent, they argue that the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that X had any intention of fostering, encouraging, or inducing copyright infringements.


The platform, now owned by Elon Musk, contends that the burden of proof rests on the plaintiffs to show that X took affirmative steps to promote infringement. They emphasize that the platform’s anti-infringement policies and practices, including a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy, debunk any claims of intentional inducement of copyright violations. In response, David Israelite, CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), has criticized X’s response as evasive, claiming that it is just another attempt to sidestep the rampant piracy issue on their platform. “X’s response is par for the course – another attempt to deny the fact that they have consistently failed to stop or even slow the rampant piracy on their platform,” he told Music Business Worldwide.


The lawsuit brings to light the ongoing discussion about platforms that allow users to create content and their accountability for their users’ actions. It raises questions about finding a balance between enabling free speech and ensuring that it does not violate copyright laws. This conflict between artistic freedom, technological advancement, and the obligation to protect intellectual property in the digital era is a complicated one. As technology and digital platforms progress, this case has the potential to establish significant precedents that could shape the future of social media and the use of intellectual property.


Read the official motion to dismiss here.


Image Credits: Rubaitul Azad

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Information in researching this article was sourced via Music Business Worldwide’s website.

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