Universal Music Group sues Anthropic AI over copyright infringement


Universal Music Group (UMG), Concord Publishing and ABKCO Music & Records have filed a lawsuit in opposition to the factitious intelligence (AI) startup Anthropic, accusing the latter of committing copyright infringement when coaching its AI chatbot, Claude. 

The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 18 and claims that Anthropic “unlawfully” copied and disseminated “vast amounts of copyrighted works – including the lyrics to myriad musical compositions” which can be beneath the possession or management of the publishers.

It referred to as Anthropic’s use of the works “widespread and systematic infringement” and stated the defendant can’t reproduce, distribute and show copyrighted works to construct a enterprise with out the correct rights.

“This foundational rule of copyright law dates all the way back to the Statute of Anne in 1710, and it has been applied time and time again to numerous infringing technological developments in the centuries since. That principle does not fall away simply because a company adorns its infringement with the words ‘AI.‘’

The lawsuit claims that Claude can generate identical or nearly identical copies of songs such as “What a Wonderful World,” “Gimme Shelter,” “American Pie,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Every Breath You Take” and not less than 500 others.

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In this case, the publishers supplied examples of Claude with the ability to ship an virtually word-for-word replication of UMG’s tune “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. 

The plaintiffs have requested the courtroom to order the alleged infringement to finish and grant financial damages.

The case joins the various popping up in opposition to main AI builders on the grounds of copyright infringement.

OpenAI, the developer of AI chatbot ChatGPT, was sued by the Author’s Guild for similar reasons. Meta is currently facing a lawsuit from comedian and author Sarah Silverman and others for copyright points. Google is concerned in a lawsuit relating to its data scraping policy for AI coaching functions.

As far because the music business’s involvement is anxious, UMG has been vigilant about defending its catalog and the rights of its artists from AI-related copyright violations. On Oct. 18, it entered right into a strategic partnership with BandLab Technologies specializing in moral AI utilization to guard artist and songwriter rights.

Over the summer time, UMG and Google had been reportedly in talks to create a software that might enable for the creation of AI tracks legally utilizing artists’ likenesses.

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