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It’s easy to get lost in a sea of information when it comes to both the advances and lawsuits surrounding generative-AI.

This article would be impossibly long if it captured every event and suit, but the critical highlights are listed here and will be updated over time.

A short primer

What is generative-AI?

Gen-AI is a type of machine learning and artificial intelligence that uses prompts to generate images, text, videos, and audio.

What are the lawsuits about?

A fair number of gen-AI lawsuits allege copyright infringement—particularly in regard to text and images—while gen-AI companies claim their datasets fall under the fair use doctrine (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107).

What’s at stake?

  • Job stability
  • Trillions of dollars
  • Copyright and trademark protections
  • Economic projections
  • Intellectual property safety

Let’s get into the timeline flow…

Major players in the Gen-AI space

  • OpenAI: https://openai.com
  • ChatGPT https://openai.com/chatgpt
  • DALL-E 3: https://openai.com/dall-e-3 (text to image)
  • Sora: https://openai.com/sora (text to video)
  • Microsoft Copilot: https://copilot.microsoft.com
  • Anthropic https://www.anthropic.com (AI safety and research)
  • Midjourney: https://www.midjourney.com (text to image)
  • Stability.AI https://stability.ai (text to video, etc.)
  • DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com (text to image)

 

Feb 14, 2024
Feb 14, 2024

Anthrop LLC v. Anthropic PBC et al.

Gen-AI: Claude 2
Reason: Trademark/copyright infringement re: song lyrics.

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Feb 13, 2024
Feb 13, 2024

Silverman et al v. OpenAI, Inc. et al

Gen-AI: OpenAI
Reason: Partial suit permitted to proceed re: unfair business practice.

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Jan 26, 2024
Jan 26, 2024

FTC launches antitrust inquiry

Gen-AI: Amazon, OpenAI, Microsoft, Alphabet, Anthropic
Reason: FTC Orders gen-AI companies to reveal partnership info.

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Sep 19, 2023
Sep 19, 2023

The Author's Guild sues OpenAI

Case: Author's Guild et al v. OpenAI Inc. et al
Reason: Copyright infringement

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Sep 12, 2023
Sep 12, 2023

Multiple authors sue Meta Platforms

Case: Chabon et al v. Meta Platforms Inc.
Reason: Copyright infringement

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Sep 8, 2023
Sep 8, 2023

Author Chabon and others sue OpenAI

Case: Chabon et al v. OpenAI, Inc. et al
Reason: Copyright infringement

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June 28, 2023
June 28, 2023

Author Paul Tremblay and others sue OpenAI

Case: Tremblay et al v. OPENAI, INC. et al
Reason: Copyright infringement

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Feb 3, 2023
Feb 3, 2023

Stock art company Getty Images sues Stability AI

Case: Getty Images (US), Inc. v. Stability AI, Inc.
Reason: Copyright infringement

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Jan 13, 2023
Jan 13, 2023

Artists sue image gen-AI companies

Case: Andersen et al v. Stability AI Ltd. et al
Reason: Copyright infringement

Plaintiffs: Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan and Karla Ortiz

Defendants: Stability AI Ltd., Stability AI, Inc., Midjourney, Inc. and DeviantArt, Inc.

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