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First off today, Katyanna Quach at The Register reports that a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against several creators of image AI systems, but left room for the artists involved to refile the case.
The class action lawsuit was filed by three illustrators against Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt. The illustrators allege that the developers had scraped billions of images, including theirs, to train their AI models.
However, the judge has opted to dismiss the case, saying that there is little evidence that their works were used directly by these systems. However, the judge is leaving from for the plaintiffs to refile the case with additional facts to substantiate their claims. The plaintiffs, for their part, said that this is typical in such cases and do plan to refile the case shortly.
Next up today, The Fashion Law reports that the fashion brand Louis Vuitton is facing a lawsuit that alleges, in a recent advertising campaign, the brand used a song without first acquiring the needed rights.
The lawsuit was filed by music publisher Discomoda as well as others involved with the Venezuelan song Por Alguien Como Tu, which was first recorded by the band Los Darts. The lawsuit alleges that Louis Vuitton used the song as part of a 2021 advertising campaign starring Chiara Ferragni.
The lawsuit alleges that Discomoda provided a notice of infringement to the fashion giant, but that the company continued to exploit the song without obtaining a license. As such, they are seeking they are seeking damages, court costs, attorney’s fees and an injunction to bar any further use of the song.
Finally today, Kevin Purdy at Ars Technica reports that a survey in Russia indicates that some 69% of gamers in the country are engaging in piracy, with 51% saying that they are doing more so this year than they were in 2021.
The shift follows the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which led to widespread embargoes and sanctions against the country, making it difficult to find legitimate copies of many games in the country. Nearly 20% of those surveyed said they had pirated more than 10 games in 2022 and another 27% said they had pirated at least three during that time.
However, when compared to previous surveys, these numbers indicate a widening of piracy in the country, though not much of a deepening of piracy as the country was already well-known for being a pirate haven before the invasion. All in all, 93% of all gamers surveyed said that they had bought something legitimately in the past year, even those who were admitted pirates.