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Authors Guild and 17 authors file copyright infringement lawsuit against OpenAI

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The Authors Guild and 17 authors — including the Guild's President Maya Shanbhag Lang, 'Games of Thrones' writer George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Franzen, Michael Connelly, and Jodi Picoult — filed a class-action suit on behalf of a class of fiction writers against OpenAI, the parent company of AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for copyright infringement.

The authors claim that their works of fiction have been used to train GPT with proper...

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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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New York court dismisses Black Sheep’s lawsuit against Universal Music Group

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US District Judge Jennifer Rochon from the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit filed by rap act Black Sheep against Universal Music Group for withholding royalties from Spotify. The judge said the claims were covered by the statute of limitations.

Black Sheep were suing UMG for alleged New York state-law violations for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment. Black Sheep accused UMG ...

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Daryl Hall sues John Oates to block the sale of music assets to Primary Wave

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A judge in Nashville has issued an order to temporarily block the sale of music assets owned by John Oates, the longtime music partner of US performer and songwriter Daryl Hall, to Primary Wave Music.

The move was prompted by a lawsuit filed by Hall against Oates in which he argued that Oates' plan to sell off his share of a joint venture with Hall would violate the terms of a Hall & Oates business agreement, according to Associated Press.

Chancellor Russell Perkins of the Davidson Co...

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OpenAI and Microsoft sued by author Julian Sancton for infringement linked to the use of copyrighted content to train AI models

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OpenAI and Microsoft have been sued for copyright infringement in a class action complaint filed by Julian Sancton, a writer and the author of 'Madhouse at the End of the Earth: the Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Nigh', with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

"Rather than pay for intellectual property, [OpenAI and Microsoft] pretend as if the laws protecting copyright do not exist," reads the lawsuit. "Yet the United States Constitution itself protects t...

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