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US judge denies class-action status to Maria Schneider’s suit against YouTube

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Judge James Donato from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied a motion from US songwriter Maria Schneider to qualify her lawsuit against YouTube over the access to the Content ID copyright-protection tool into a class action case.

US composer and performer Maria Schneider has filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube and parent companies Google and Alphabet in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, San Jose Division.

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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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