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US Copyright Office sued for declining to register a work created with AI

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Stephen Thaler, President and CEO of Imagination Engines, has sued in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit the US Copyright Office for declining to accept his copyright registration application for a work named 'A Recent Entrance to Paradise', created via artificial intelligence.

The USCO said the refusal was motivated by the fact that AI “lacks the human authorship necessary to support a copyright claim.”

“The denial creates a novel requirement for copyright registration tha...

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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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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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Sarah Silverman and Paul Tremblay suffer setback in their lawsuit against OpenAI as court dismisses most of their legal claims

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US District Judge Araceli Martínez-Olguín from the District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed most of the claims against OpenAI in lawsuits filed by author and comedian Sarah Silverman and writer Paul Tremblay for copyright infringement linked to the use of their works to train OpenAI's chatbot ChatGPT without authorisation and compensation.

Plaintiffs asserted six causes of action against OpenAI: (1) direct copyright infringement (Count I); (2) vicarious infringeme...

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