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US federal judge rules AI-powered art is not eligible for copyright protection

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Judge Beryl A. Howell of the US District Court for the District of Columbia has confirmed a decision from the US Copyright Office’s by denying a copyright registration to a work create using artificial intelligence (AI) on the grounds that it lacks human authorship.

The case was put forward by computer scientist Stephen Thaler, the president and CEO of Imagination Engines, who filed a lawsuit in June 2022 against the US Copyright Office (USCO) and Shira Perlmutter, in her official capacity a...

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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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Songwriters and Pace Rights Management sue PRS for Music over live music royalties

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A group of songwriters and composers, joined by Pace Rights Management, has sued PRS for Music over the way the London-based British music rights society manages royalties from live performances.

Their goal of the legal action is to "overhaul the implementation of procedures and policies which are prejudicial to their interests and to the interests of PRS Members more broadly," according to a statement from Plaintiffs, which include Robert Fripp and James and William Reid from the Jesus &...

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French court confirms Maurice Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ is in the public domain

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A French court in Nanterre has ruled that the 'Bolero' composed by Maurice Ravel is definitely into the public domain and the work is no longer copyright protected. The ruling can still be appealed.

The court was ruling on a copyright dispute involving the heirs of Alexandre Benois, a stage designer who worked on the original performance of 'Bolero' when it was first performed at the Paris Opera in 1928, to French right society SACEM, which declined to recognise Benois as co-author.

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Center for Investigative Reporting sues OpenAI and Microsoft for using content without license and compensation

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The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) — a non-profit news producer which publishes Mother Jones and Reveal — has sued ChatGPT parent OpenAI and its investor Microsoft, for the unauthorized use of content to train artificial intelligence systems.

In the lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, San Francisco-based CIR claims that OpenAI has engaged in copyright infringement by using content without a license and offering compensation. Founded in 19...

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