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This Is How GenAI Will Transform Media and Entertainment. 

Generative AI “is nothing more than mathematics, probability, and statistics,” I2A2 President & CEO Renard Jenkins said in a recent keynote, attempting to assuage those who might fear that AI will transform Hollywood’s “dream factory” into “a warehouse of nightmares.” Jenkins believes that the transformational nature of this technology is a foregone conclusion for Media & Entertainment.

Source: Renard Jenkins: This Is How GenAI Will Transform Media and Entertainment. (Don’t Freak Out.) – NAB Amplify

Meta to give EU users an opt out for AI data training

Meta will start training its AI models using everyone’s social media posts though European Union users can opt out, a luxury the rest of the world won’t enjoy. The move, which the Facebook parent detailed in an announcement today, is ostensibly to bring its machine-learning systems to Europe. Meta has so far not included its European userbase in its AI training data, presumably to avoid legal conflict with the continent’s privacy regulations.

Source: Meta to give EU users an opt out for AI data training

Mistral raises massive $640M to take on OpenAI, Anthropic in the global gen AI race

A year after entering the generative AI race with Europe’s largest-ever seed round of $113 million, Mistral AI is raising more cash — lots more, like, almost 6X that amount. The Paris-based startup today announced it has secured $640 million series B funding in a combination of debt and equity, taking its valuation to nearly $6 billion.

Source: Mistral raises massive $640M to take on OpenAI, Anthropic in the global gen AI race

Everyone Agrees on the Need to Do Something about Deepfakes, Just Not how to Do It

The BSA Software Alliance, among the heavy hitting tech industry associations in Washington, counts a number of major AI companies among its members, including Adobe and Microsoft. But this week it plans to release a policy statement urging Congress to “take steps” to protect artists from the spread of unauthorized, AI-generated deepfakes. The statement, provided to RightsTech in advance of release, lists eight key principles, including creating a new right for artists to authorize or prevent the commercial dissemination of digital replicas of their name, image, likeness or voice, and prohibiting the commercial trafficking in any algorithm, software, technology or service that has the “primary purpose” of creating or disseminating such replica “knowing that this act was unauthorized.”

Adobe Revising Terms of Use to Clarify Content Licensing, AI, and Privacy

The confusion and anger surrounding an Adobe Terms of Use update last week caused Adobe to revisit its language and communications at large. Beyond a blog post late last week, Adobe today published another blog post, announcing plans for direct communications with customers and an updated Terms of Use.

Source: Adobe Revising Terms of Use to Clarify Content Licensing, AI, and Privacy

The AI Arms Race to Combat Fake Images Is Even—For Now

The recent and dramatic increase in AI-generated images is blurring the lines of what’s real and fake—and underscores the need for more tools to discern between the two. In a recent study, researchers in Italy analyzed a suite of AI models designed to identify fake images, finding these current methods to be fairly effective. But the results also point to an AI arms race to keep pace with evolving generative AI tools.

Source: The AI Arms Race to Combat Fake Images Is Even—For Now

‘Adobe does not train Firefly Gen AI models on customer content’: Company responds to backlash

Adobe has clarified its Terms of Use update, which initially led users to believe their unpublished work was fodder for AI training. Adobe says it does not train its Firefly generative AI models on user content and that it “will never assume ownership of a customer’s work.” Backlash snowballed this week after Adobe users were notified of an update to its Terms of Use poli

Source: ‘Adobe does not train Firefly Gen AI models on customer content’: Company responds to backlash

Stability AI debuts new Stable Audio Open for sound design

Stability AI is perhaps best known for its stable diffusion text-to-image generation AI technology, but that’s only one part of the company’s broader portfolio, which includes multiple models for code, text and audio. In Sept. 2023, Stability AI first publicly launched Stable Audio, as a text-to-audio generative AI tool.  Stable Audio 2.0 was released on April 3 bringing more clarity and length to the generated audio.

Source: Stability AI debuts new Stable Audio Open for sound design

YouTube Processed a Billion Content ID Copyright Claims in Six Months 

YouTube’s latest Transparency Report shows that fewer copyright holders used the Content ID system to protect their works. Despite the modest decline, the claim volume continues to grow. For the first time, the number of processed claims exceeded one billion in the six-month reporting period.

Source: YouTube Processed a Billion Content ID Copyright Claims in Six Months * TorrentFreak

AI, Antitrust and Monopsony

Two years ago, the antitrust division of the U.S. Justice Department successfully sued to block Penguin Random House’s proposed acquisition of Simon & Schuster, which would have reduced publishing’s Big Five houses to four. While PRH offered all the usual arguments about greater scale and efficiencies benefitting consumers through lower retail prices for books, the department focused its case on the deal’s potential impact on authors, rather than consumers.

In its briefs, DOJ invoked the rarely discussed doctrine of monopsony, the inverse of monopoly, wherein a few dominant buyers are able to dictate and drive down the prices sellers are able to charge. In this case, the department was concerned with the impact on author’s advances of having one fewer dominant buyer in the market for manuscripts.

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