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Swimsuit model sues Twitter for cropping and altering images without authorisation

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Can an AI system be sued for copyright infringement for cropping pictures? A swimsuit model associated with 'Sports Illustrated', Genevieve Morton, has filed in a Federal Court a $10 million lawsuit against Twitter, associated platform TweetDeck and Magic Pony Technology, a photo-algorithm company acquired by Twitter in 2016.

In the lawsuit she accused Twitter of using the "saliency algorithm to crop and alter the infringed images without Ms. Morton's authorisation," creating "an unauthoris...

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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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Ye — a.k.a. Kanye West — sued by the Estate of Donna Summer in California for the use of ‘I Feel Love’ in the song ‘Good (Don’t Die)’

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The Estate of Donna Summer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit with a Federal Court in California against rapper Ye, a.k.a. Kanye West, for allegedly using without a license a portion of her 1977 track 'I Feel Love' into his song Good (Don't Die), from the album 'Vultures 1', released on February 10.

Ye and singer Ty Dolla $ign are accused in the lawsuit of having used "instantly recognisable" parts of her song in 'Good (Don't Die)'. The lawsuit said the Estate had explicitly rejecte...

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Sony Music settles with performers over the reversion rights to their recordings

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Sony Music has reached a settlement with a group of recording artists from the 1970s seeking to reclaim the copyrights in their recordings, according to a joint filing in New York federal court seen by Reuters.

In the joint filing, they informed the court that they have resolved their dispute and asked the court to close the case. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. Sony Music and Plaintiffs' attorney Roy Arnold of Blank Rome did not comment on the settlement. The Sony Music case h...

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Appeals court reverses verdict enjoining Cox Communications to pay record labels $1 billion in copyright infringement case

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The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has overturned an earlier decision condemning Cox Communications to pay $1 billion in damages to a group of record companies after a jury found the cable and internet service provider liable of customers' infringement of over 10,000 songs .

Cox was accused of not taking measures to address piracy on its networks despite multiple requests from rights holders. After a lengthy court case, a jury found in favour of Plaintiffs, over 50 rec...

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