3 Count: One More AI Lawsuit…

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1: Google Sued by US Artists Over AI Image Generator

First off today, Blake Brittain at Reuters reports that a group of visual artists have filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the search giant is misusing “billions” of copyright-protected images to train their artificial intelligence image generator.

The lawsuit, filed in California, is led by Photographer Jingna Zhang and cartoonists Sarah Andersen, Hope Larson and Jessica Fink. They propose it as a class action lawsuit that other artists can join. They allege that Google has admitted to using publicly available images to train its AI, regardless of whether they had permission to do so.

Zhang and Andersen are also involved in a separate lawsuit against other AI providers, including Stability AI and Midjourney. The latest lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount of damages and an order requiring Google to destroy copies of their work.

2: OpenAI to Train LLMs on Financial Times Content — with Permission

Next, Siôn Geschwindt at The Next Web reports that The Financial Times has reached a deal with OpenAI, which will allow the AI company to use Financial Times content to train its AI systems, most notably ChatGPT.

The two sides call this a “strategic partnership” that will make it easy for ChatGPT users to access summaries, quotes and links to Financial Times articles, even if it is hidden behind a paywall.

The move comes as OpenAI and other AI firms face lawsuits for using copyright-protected content. The AI companies claim that their use is fair use and that they only ink deals like this to access non-public content or add new features.

3: ‘Fearless Girl’ sculptor, State Street Settle Lawsuit Over Sale of Replicas

Finally today, Jonathan Stempel at Reuters reports that Kristen Visbal, the artist behind the Fearless Girl statue, has reached a settlement with State Street Corp over replicas of the statue.

State Street commissioned the artwork, which drew headlines when it appeared in New York’s financial district, standing in front of the famous Charging Bull statue. However, a rift between the two sides formed when Visbal began selling replicas of the statue, which State Street argued violated their agreements.

The case was headed for a trial yesterday, but the two sides reached a last-minute settlement. The terms of that settlement have not been disclosed.

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