3 Count: Piling On

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1: The Intercept, Raw Story and AlterNet Sue OpenAI for Copyright Infringement

First off today, Nick Robins-Early at The Guardian reports that a group of news organizations have filed lawsuits against both OpenAI and Microsoft alleging infringement of their content in training artificial intelligence systems, most notably ChatGPT.

The lawsuit features three publications, the Intercept, Raw Story and AlterNet, all of whom allege that OpenAI unlawfully used their content to train ChatGPT. They further allege that that the company strips out copyright management information, a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The Intercept lists both OpenAI and Microsoft in their lawsuit. The other two, however, only target OpenAI due to an ongoing agreement with Microsoft. These lawsuits mirror an ongoing one filed by the New York Times, which was filed in December.

2: Donna Summer’s Estate Sues Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign, Accusing Artists of Illegally Using “I Feel Love”

Next up today, the Associated Press reports that the estate of musician Donna Summer has filed a lawsuit against Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and rapper Ty Dolla $ign for the use of Summer’s 1977 song I Feel Love in the duo’s collaboration Good (Don’t Die).

According to the lawsuit, Ye sought permission from the Summer estate to use the song but was denied. The estate said it wanted no association with his “controversial history” and declined the request. However, they allege that Ye simply rerecorded parts of the song though the work was “instantly recognizable.”

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction to bar further distribution of the song as well as damages to be determined at trial. The song does not appear on the version of the album available on streaming platforms.

3: Pirate Sites With Malicious Ads Face Restrictions Under New Initiative

Finally today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that Amazon, Disney, Google, Meta, Spotify and others have joined forces to create a domain blocklist that they hope will deny ad revenue to suspected pirate websites.

The move is part of the ongoing Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) initiative. The companies have long worked to try and deny ad revenue to pirate sites and prevent legitimate companies from having their ads appear on such domains. TAG is now launching a version 2.0 of its Project Brand Integrity system, which they say will be easier to scale and more effective and banning pirate sites.

The new system will combine blocklists from various sources, including national blocklists and anti-malware vendors in a bid to prevent legitimate ads from appearing on sites with malicious advertising. TAG hopes that the new system will be more responsive and better able to scale to meet rising demands.

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