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Tennessee court offers mixed decision to HFA in copyright infringing case filed by Eight Mile Style

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By Emmanuel LegrandA judge in Nashville, Tennessee has denied in part and granted in part a motion to dismiss filed by mechanical collections agency HFA in a case involving Eminem's copyrights. Initially, music streaming platform sued by two music publishing companies - Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated- which represent repertoire by US rapper Eminem, for failing to secure mechanical licenses to use songs such as 'Lose Yourself'. Eight Mile also sued HFA, which was the administrator cho...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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The MLC sues Spotify for unpaid mechanical royalties following the introduction of new bundles providing access to audiobooks

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), which administers the blanket compulsory license for the use of musical works by digital music services in the United States, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify USA Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The MLC alleges that Spotify has introduced new offerings that the streaming service qualified as bundles, thus leading to what The MLC believes are underreported mechanical royalties. The MLC seeks corr...

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Eight US newspapers have sued ChatGPT parent OpenAI and Microsoft over the use of copyrighted works to train AI models

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A group of eight US newspapers have filed a lawsuit with the US District Court for the he Southern District of New York, accusing ChatGPT parent OpenAI and its tech and financial partner Microsoft, also the developed of chatbot Copilot (formerly known as Bing Chat), of copyright infringement for using the publishers’ articles without a license or remuneration.

Plaintiffs include the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, De...

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A group of visual artists have sued Google for using their works without a license to train AI-powered image generator Imagen

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A group of visual artists have filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of California a copyright infringement lawsuit against Google for using their works to train Alphabet's AI-powered image generator Imagen without authorisation or compensation.

Plaintiffs include photographer Jingna Zhang and cartoonists Sarah Andersen, Hope Larson and Jessica Fink. In the proposed class action, they claim that "AI models at issue in this complaint were trained on datasets containing mi...

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