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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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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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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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Anime and Manga Piracy Now Worth Billions, Hurts Artists

The popularity of Japanese anime and manga, a particular style of Japanese comic books, has attracted the attention of pirates. Anime and manga piracy has flourished since the pandemic, which costs the growing industry billions of dollars. In 2020, manga sales were slated to reach 612.6 billion yen, which is approximately U.S. $4.6 billion. This …

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Disney May Lose Copyright Protection for Beloved Characters

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too? Those famous Disney characters and many more are set to enter the public domain next year, bringing to light the issues of intellectual property and copyright protection. Disney’s Iconic Characters in Public Domain The company will soon lose control of some of their most loved characters—Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, …

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Far-Reaching New Copyright Laws Set to Pass in Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have revealed their comprehensive spending and COVID-19 relief bill, which includes controversial copyright initiatives that civil liberties advocates worry could punish internet users for ordinary online behavior. Measures found in the $2.3 trillion spending package include the Trademark Modernization Act, the CASE Act, and a felony streaming proposal. All of these expand the …

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