3 Count: AI Battles

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1: Coders’ Copilot Code-Copying Copyright Claims Crumble Against Git Hub, Microsoft

First, today, Matthew Connatser at The Register reports that most of the claims filed in a case accusing Microsoft and OpenAI of unlawfully using open-source code to train AI systems have been dismissed.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of open-source developers who claimed that the defendants used their code without complying with licensing requirements. They initially filed 22 claims, but as the case has gone on, they have been whittled down to just a handful.

The latest claims to be removed include a claim of removing copyright management information and allegations of unjust enrichment. Only two claims remain: an open source license violation allegation and a breach of contract claim. Both were dismissed previously but reintroduced.

2: New York Times Rejects OpenAI’s Unreasonable Demand for Journalists’ Sources in Copyright Case

Next up today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that The New York Times says that OpenAI’s attempt to force it to hand over source materials used in some of its articles is a threat to journalistic freedom and an attempt to bully the paper.

The Times sued OpenAI for alleged copyright infringement. They claim that OpenAI used their articles to train various AI systems without permission. The parties are in the discovery phase, and OpenAI has asked for source material related to the articles in question to determine whether the articles qualify for copyright protection.

However, The Times has fired back, saying that such notes aren’t needed to determine copyright protection and that requiring them to be submitted could violate journalistic integrity. They argue that even if the article is 90% third-party content, the reporter and the paper would hold the copyright to new expression.

3: Creators Behind Hawk Tuah Video File 50 Copyright Claims to Gain Rights to Viral Clip

Finally today, Molly Byrne at Dexerto reports that Tim Dickerson and DeArius Marlow, the viral Hawk Tuah video creators, have filed over 50 takedown notices related to the video as they have struggled to monetize its rise to fame.

The video’s star, Halley Welch, has become a celebrity in her own right, including merchandise collaborations and more. However, the creators of the video said that many people uploaded it and removed their “TimandDeeTV” watermark.

This has resulted in the duo filing dozens of takedown notices for the video. They say that they are struggling with the perception that they were not popular before the video and that it launched them into fame.

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