Copyright Infringement

Copyright Infringement

Getty Accuses AI Image Generator of Copyright Infringement

Today, the stock image company announced a legal action in the UK against AI tool developer Stability AI. They allege that the organization unlawfully duplicated and processed millions of images that Getty owns or represents, which are under copyright protection, along with the associated metadata. Getty also accuses Stability AI of scraping images from its …

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Z-Library and LibGen Move Book Piracy to the Dark Web

One indication of how hard it is to completely eradicate book piracy is how quickly shuttered websites can find a new online home. Recently Z-Library head librarians were federally charged with copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud, and several of their websites were seized by the FBI. Shadow archivists—the digital librarians that maintain the …

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TikTok Hashtag Brings Down Z-Library Textbook Piracy Site

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Russian nationals Valeriia Ermakova and Anton Napolsky were arrested in Argentina on November 3 and charged with criminal copyright infringement in addition to money laundering and wire fraud. The Russians are allegedly the architects of the popular textbook piracy platform, Z-Library. The e-book pirates are accused of illegally …

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Torrent Site Co-Founder Guilty of Movie Piracy: #5 of 7

In 2020, a private torrent site called Asgaard was shuttered after significant legal pressure. Now its 47-year-old co-founder has been convicted for his role in massive movie piracy. He was sentenced to three months of probation, 80 hours of community service and a fine. In addition to Asgaard, he was also involved with other pirate …

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Labels Awarded $46.7 Million From ISP in Music Piracy Trial

In Austin, Texas, a federal jury has ruled that Grande Communications Networks LLC, rebranded as Astound Broadband, must pay several music labels $46.7 million as compensation for music piracy committed by its users. The jury decided that the internet service provider should be held responsible for users’ infringement activities on its platform. Plaintiffs included Warner …

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Developers Sue GitHub for Alleged Copilot Software Piracy

GitHub’s Copilot program removes the licenses of thousands of software developers, perhaps millions, leading to what is effectively software piracy on a massive scale. That is what’s at the center of an important class action lawsuit filed by Joseph Saveri Law Firm and programmer Matthew Butterick, in San Francisco’s federal court. Along with GitHub, the …

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Creators Sued for IP and Copyright Infringement

What do a tattoo artist, TikTok creator, wrestling star Randy Orton, Netflix’s “Bridgerton” series, NFTs, Instagram and Andy Warhol’s Prince portrait have in common? They all figure prominently in recent copyright infringement and intellectual property lawsuits. These diverse creators and media channels are all currently involved in litigation, from district courts to the U.S. Supreme …

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Court Says RCN Repeat Infringement Lawsuit Can Continue

U.S.  copyright law requires internet providers to shut down the accounts of repeat copyright infringers in certain cases. The reluctance of internet providers (ISPs) to adhere to this rule has led to infringement lawsuits over the past several years. RCN is one of the named providers, and in 2021, they were sued by various film …

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Voltage Pictures Sues Comcast for Users’ Movie Piracy

Los Angeles-based Voltage Pictures, in addition to their affiliates and film copyright owners, has filed a lawsuit against Comcast in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s U.S. District Court for movie piracy. Previously, Voltage has invited controversy by targeting individual users for copyright violations, but they’re now going after the country’s largest broadband provider. Copyright owners …

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AI Companies and Different AI Copyright Laws in UK and UK

With the fast adoption of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, countries are examining their current laws when it comes to intellectual property or IP protection. Are these laws, as stated, enough to protect rights holders, or do they need to be revised? One possible complication is that not all countries are taking …

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