Universal Music, the world’s largest music group, has filed a lawsuit against Anthropic, a rival of OpenAI, alleging that its AI-based platform Claude produces lyrics that are “nearly word-for-word” copies of copyrighted material. In a parallel development, visual artists are taking legal action against AI ventures Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt, claiming copyright infringement. The artists argue that these platforms utilized their works’ styles without obtaining proper permissions or providing due credit and compensation.

In the U.S., AI developers facing copyright claims have often turned to the “fair use doctrine” as a defense strategy. This legal approach, previously employed by Google in 2015, hinges on factors such as the purpose and character of the use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount used, and the impact on the market for the original work. The cases underscore the intricate legal landscape surrounding copyright issues in the evolving field of artificial intelligence. (Source: Financial times)