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Universal Music sues Anthropic over AI-generated lyrics

Also: Stanford Is Ranking Major A.I. Models on Transparency


Universal Music is taking AI start-up Anthropic to court over copyright infringement allegations, claiming that Anthropic's chatbot reproduces their artists' lyrics without authorization. Stanford researchers have launched a transparency index for AI language models, with Meta's LLaMA 2 ranking highest. The UK data regulator grapples with challenges after being unable to act against Clearview AI's non-consensual photo harvesting. Fitness retailer Gymshark is gearing up for enhanced customer personalization via Google Cloud's AI. Meanwhile, Creatopy, an AI-based creative automation platform, has secured $10 million in Series A funding to augment its AI-driven creative solutions.


  • 🎧 Universal Music sues Anthropic over AI-generated lyrics

  • πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ« Stanford Is Ranking Major A.I. Models on Transparency

  • πŸ“Έ An AI firm harvested billions of photos without consent. Britain is powerless to act

  • πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Gymshark Plans Accelerated Global Growth with Google Cloud AI

Universal Music is suing AI start-up Anthropic for copyright infringement, claiming that its chatbot, Claude, produces "nearly identical" copies of their artists' lyrics without permission. This lawsuit highlights the music industry's ongoing concerns with AI-generated content that closely mimics original works. Universal and other music companies assert that Anthropic's bot produces almost verbatim reproductions of songs when prompted. For instance, when asked for lyrics to "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, Claude provides an almost exact match. The music companies emphasize that online availability doesn't make copyrighted content free for use and allege that Anthropic never sought to license their material. The case underscores broader challenges in the music sector, which has seen AI-generated "deepfake" songs gain traction. Anthropic, which has backing from tech giants like Amazon and Google, was established in 2021 by former OpenAI researchers. The situation draws parallels to the music industry's previous copyright struggles with platforms like Napster in the 2000s.

Stanford researchers have introduced the Foundation Model Transparency Index, a scoring system assessing the transparency of major A.I. language models such as OpenAI's GPT-4, Google's PaLM 2, and Meta's LLaMA 2. The system evaluates models on 100 criteria, such as the disclosure of training data sources, hardware details, and post-release usage protocols. LLaMA 2 emerged as the most transparent with a 54% score, while GPT-4 and PaLM 2 both scored 40%. Percy Liang, from Stanford, expressed concerns about the declining transparency in the A.I. industry, emphasizing the need for greater openness as these tools become integral to daily life. A.I. firms often cite lawsuits, competition, and safety as reasons for withholding information, but the Stanford team insists that the rising impact of A.I. necessitates increased transparency.

In a recent legal skirmish, the UK data regulator found itself on the losing side against Clearview AI, a firm infamous for indiscriminately harvesting billions of images without the requisite permissions. The technology in question, which was initially rolled out to a diverse array of business users as well as law enforcement agencies, embodies a formidable challenge for the British regulatory frameworks. This particular case amplifies the struggle faced by the authorities in the UK in their bid to provide a shield to citizens against the unauthorized data harvesting maneuvers, particularly those orchestrated by foreign-based entities such as Clearview AI. The fallout from this legal entanglement has propelled the regulator into a phase of introspection as it deliberates on the roadmap of its forthcoming actions aimed at averting such data privacy infringements in the future1.

Gymshark plans to utilize Google Cloud's AI and machine learning tools to improve customer experiences and personalization, especially during Black Friday sales. They aim to explore generative AI use cases to enhance relevance to their community. Notably, they intend to develop new expert assistants to aid customers in product selection and upgrade their training app for better activity recording and insight generation. Additionally, Google Cloud's Vertex AI will be instrumental in accelerating innovation, creating competitive differentiation in products like their new training app. Through these AI-driven endeavors, Gymshark aims to optimize operations, drive innovation, and remain a competitive leader in the fitness retail sector.

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πŸ’΅ Venture Capital updates

Creatopy, an AI-driven creative automation platform, secured $10 million in Series A funding to enhance its service offerings amidst the increasing demand for versatile ad content. Originally focusing on resizing and scaling creative assets using machine learning, the platform also facilitates A/B testing and real-time creative adjustments. Now, recognizing the impact of large language models (LLMs), Creatopy plans to incorporate AI copywriting, image generation, and editing functionalities. CEO Dan Oros mentioned potential features like personalized visuals in newsletters using subscriber data. A newly introduced feature generates ads using only a company's URL. The funding, sourced from European VC firms 3VC and Point Nine, is the company's first external investment since its inception in February 2021. With this boost, Creatopy aims to expand its client base, which already includes prominent brands and agencies, and continue evolving in the dynamic AI-driven creative landscape.

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