Nashville-based Blue Sky Group and music rights and royalty auditing firm Royalty Compliance Group (RCO) will join Armanino effective April 1, 2023. “This will make Armanino one of the only business management groups in the world that will be able to offer the full slate of entertainment services while allowing us to deepen and expand our reach into Nashville, which we view as extremely important for our growth goals,” says Craig Manzino, Partner at Armanino.
In Contract Talks, Writers Guild Pushing to Prohibit AI-Generated Works
The guild, which is currently at the table with studios and streamers over this issue and others, said Wednesday that artificial intelligence “has no role in guild-covered work, nor in the chain of title in the intellectual property.” The guild additionally seeks to prohibit writers from being assigned “AI-generated material to adapt” and is also looking to prohibit “AI software generat[ing] covered literary material.”
Source: Writers Guild Says It’s Pushing to Prohibit AI-Generated Works Under Contract in Negotiations
Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools
In recent weeks, publishing executives have begun examining the extent to which their content has been used to “train” AI tools such as ChatGPT, how they should be compensated and what their legal options are. “We have valuable content that’s being used constantly to generate revenue for others off the backs of investments that we make, that requires real human work, and that has to be compensated,” said Danielle Coffey, executive vice president and general counsel of the News Media Alliance.
Source: Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools
AI and Copyright: A New Kind of Copyright Troll? The Rise of AI in Creative Works
Computers, robots, and machines have played a role in the creative process for generations, producing crude images or outputs that artists use, tweak, or start from to create original works of art. David Bowie famously used a machine called the Verbasizer to generate random words and spark ideas for song lyrics on his 1995 album Outside. More recently, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has picked up steam, requiring us to rethink the role of AI in the creative process.
Source: AI and Copyright: A New Kind of Copyright Troll? The Rise of AI in Creative Works
As artificial intelligence booms, EU lawmakers wrangle over new rules
Rapid technological advances such as the ChatGPT generative artificial intelligence (AI) app are complicating efforts by European Union lawmakers to agree on landmark AI laws, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The European Commission proposed the draft rules nearly two years ago in a bid to protect citizens from the dangers of the emerging technology, which has experienced a boom in investment and consumer popularity in recent months.
Source: As artificial intelligence booms, EU lawmakers wrangle over new rules – ET BrandEquity
Can you copyright a rhythm? Inside the reggaeton lawsuit
With the release of their song Fish Market in 1989, the Jamaican duo Cleveland “Clevie” Browne and Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson inadvertently changed the course of pop music. Now, more than 30 years after Fish Market was released, Steely & Clevie Productions is suing three of reggaeton’s most celebrated hitmakers – El Chombo, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – for what they characterize as unlawful interpolation of Fish Market’s rhythm (or “riddim”), and are seeking the credit – and royalties.
Source: Can you copyright a rhythm? Inside the reggaeton lawsuit that could shake the pop world
Adobe, Nvidia AI imagery systems aim to resolve copyright questions
Two Silicon Valley companies on Tuesday announced new tools that use artificial intelligence to generate images while tackling some of the thorniest legal issues surrounding the technology: copyrights and payments. “This collaboration (with Nvidia) is testament to the feasibility of a path of responsible AI development and the unique nature of Getty Images content and data,” Getty Images CEO Craig Peters told Reuters in an email.
Source: Adobe, Nvidia AI imagery systems aim to resolve copyright questions
RadioGPT Makes Radio Shows With AI
RadioGPT comes from the American AI firm Futuri. Its CEO Daniel Anstandig told Axios that he designed the tool to “save radio, not compete with it.” The app uses GPT-4, TopicPulse, and AI voice technology. GPT-4 is the latest large language model that powers the globally-acclaimed ChatGPT AI chatbot. TopicPulse is Futuri’s AI-driven social content and story discovery tool. Meanwhile, AI voice technology imitates human voices using artificial intelligence. Together, they enable RadioGPT users to create radio stations by themselves. You may choose voices from the Voice Choice Library to host your shows.
Source: RadioGPT Makes Radio Shows With AI | Inquirer Technology
President’s Economic Report Blasts Crypto for ‘Ignorance of Basic Economic Principles’
In addition to the decentralized custody and control of money, “it has been argued that crypto assets may provide other benefits, such as improving payment systems, increasing financial inclusion, and creating mechanisms for the distribution of intellectual property and financial value that bypass intermediaries,” the authors wrote. “So far, crypto assets have brought none of these benefits.”
Source: President’s Economic Report Blasts Crypto for ‘Ignorance of Basic Economic Principles’ – Decrypt
New York court dismisses case over ownership of ‘world’s first NFT’
In one of the first legal cases in the US to test how blockchain technology applies to artists’ rights, a New York court has dismissed a lawsuit over the ownership of “the world’s first NFT.” Quantum was minted by Kevin McCoy in May of 2014, before Ethereum had launched or the term NFT (Non-fungible token) was even introduced. The NFT was then sold at Sotheby’s for $1.5m in June 2021. Last February, both McCoy and the auction house were sued by Free Holdings, which claimed to be the rightful owner of Quantum.
Source: New York court dismisses case over ownership of ‘world’s first NFT’