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It's over! The Content ID lawsuit against YouTube brought by composer Maria Schneider is dismissed, with prejudice, the weekend before the start of the trial.

Here's what's happened... 🧵

#ContentID #copyright #YouTube #creators #CreatorEconomy ImageImageImageImage
If you recall, the lawsuit was filed in 2020 and focused on the lack of broader access to copyright management tools, such as Content ID, for independent musicians and creators.
Maria Schneider and others filed the class action against YouTube and Google in an attempt to claim the current system supports piracy, while boosting profits for YouTube, and can't handle repeat infringers.
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Inside: Podcasting "Ideas Lying Around"; and more!

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Podcasting "Ideas Lying Around": A theory of change based on shovel-ready ideas.

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* #Toronto Tenants Are Uniting in a Mass #RentStrike…

* France legalizes remotely turning on the camera or microphone of smartphones in criminal investigations… (h/t Cooper)

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Inside: How to save the new from Big Tech; and more!

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How to save the new from Big Tech: Four prescriptions from EFF.

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What a day! 🔥 We have four incredible decisions released from the U.S. Supreme Court across intellectual property and internet law.

I’ll help break it down with a quick first pass at what the outcomes have been for four cases.


#SupremeCourt #SCOTUS
🔥 Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith

The Court finds in favor of Goldsmith that the use of the Prince photograph was NOT a #FairUse under #Copyright law.
It was a 7-2 decision written by Justice Sotomayor, with a dissent written by Justice Kagan and joined by Chief Justice Roberts.

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🚨 Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt, Inc. have all filed their motions to dismiss the Anderson class action lawsuit 🚨

It's a lot to unpack, but here are some of my initial takeaways 🧵

#copyright #ArtificialIntelligence #GenerativeAI ImageImageImage
🔥 Registered Copyrights.

The parties seek to narrow the lawsuit to just copyrighted works that have been registered, which might remove Ortiz and McKernan as plaintiffs.
It's established that to bring a copyright infringement claim in federal court, a copyright owner must first register their work with the U.S. Copyright Office and obtain the completed registration.
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#Enshittification is platforms devouring themselves: first they tempt users with goodies. Once users are locked in, goodies are withdrawn and dangled before businesses. Once business customers are stuck, all value is claimed for platform shareholders:…

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Enshittification isn't just another way of saying "fraud" or "price gouging" or "wage theft." Enshittification is intrinsically digital, because moving all those goodies around requires the flexibility that only comes with a *digital* businesses.

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Inside: Podcasting "Gig Work Is the Opposite of Steampunk"; and more!

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#Pluralistic 1/
Today (Mar 20), I'm doing a remote talk for the @Ostrom_Workshop's Beyond the Web Speaker Series…

On Weds (Mar 22), I'm doing a remote talk for the @IFTF's "Changing the Register" series:… 2/
Podcasting "Gig Work Is the Opposite of Steampunk": Why today's Luddites should be smashing apps.

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Inside: SVB's investors will get $2b in public bailout money; and more!

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This Monday (Mar 20), I'm doing a remote talk for the @Ostrom_Workshop's Beyond the Web Speaker Series… 2/
SVB's investors will get $2b in public bailout money: Also, Silicon Valley is apparently a neighborhood in Manhattan?

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With the #ControlledDigitalLending #CDL case coming on Monday (3/20) @jziskina and I are excited to announce the release of “The Publisher Playbook: A Brief History of the Publishing Industry’s Obstruction of the #Library Mission.” [link at end of thread] /1
The purpose of this paper is to outline the legal & other obstructions that #libraries have encountered from the publishing industry. Libraries have continued to perform their routine activities or made advancements to increase #access to the public in innovative ways... /2
...yet, #libraries and their readers have routinely engaged in lengthy battles to defend the ability for libraries to fulfill their mission and serve the #publicgood.
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#AgeOfDeception: “#Washington is filled with politicians and organizations that hyperventilate about government #debt and the burden it imposes on our children, but they ignore the burdens imposed by #patent and #copyright monopolies granted by the government.” Image
“Suppose that we were spending another $50 billion a year on medical #research in order to replace #patent supported research, and all the findings were placed in the #public domain so that all #drugs were sold as #generics. ...
... The annual #deficit would be $50 billion higher due to the additional spending on research, but we would save $380 billion a year on drugs due to generic pricing.”
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@CopyrightOffice will NOT allow registration of AI-generated images as part of larger graphic novel registration

The generative works were not properly disclaimed, therefore the USCO is reissuing a certificate to fix + limit the OG registration.

#copyright #AI
“We conclude that Ms. Kashtanova is the author of the Work’s text as well as the selection, coordination, and arrangement of the Work’s written and visual elements. That authorship is protected by copyright. […]
“However, as discussed below, the images in the Work that were generated by the Midjourney technology are not the product of human authorship.”
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The media spectacle of #GenerativeAI (in which AI companies' breathless claims of their software's sorcerous powers are endlessly repeated) has understandably alarmed many #CreativeWorkers, a group that's already traumatized by extractive abuse by media and tech companies. 1/ A poster for the 1933 movie 'The Monkey's Paw.' The fainting
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Even though the claims about "#AI" are overblown and overhyped, creators are right to be alarmed. Their bosses would like nothing more than to fire them and replace them with pliable software. 3/
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Inside: Johnson and Johnson's bankruptcy gambit fails; and more!

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#Pluralistic 1/ A picture of a white-out dust storm at Burning Man. A giant
From Feb 8-17, I'll be in #Australia, touring my book #ChokepointCapitalism with my co-author, @rgibli. We'll be in #Brisbane, #Melbourne, #Sydney and #Canberra, and I hope to see you!… 2/
Johnson and Johnson's bankruptcy gambit fails: A key defeat in J&J's War On Vulvas.

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Last October, @scribepub published the commonwealth edition of #ChokepointCapitalism, the book @rgibli and I wrote about how monopolistic labour markets are rigged, and how we need to think beyond #copyright to get artists paid:… 1/ The Australian flag. The Un...
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Now, I'm headed to #Australia to tour the book there with Rebecca, with dates in #Brisbane, #Melbourne, #Sydney and #Canberra (no Perth or NZ this time, alas). 3/
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Inside: David Graeber's "Pirate Enlightenment"; and more!

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#Pluralistic 1/
David Graeber's "Pirate Enlightenment": The true, swashbuckling lives of matriarchs, anarchists, and pirates at the crossroads of the world.

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* #DebtCeiling Limit is Destructive, Duplicative, and Dumb…

* 3d-party apps Twitter killed made the site what it is today…

* Predictions Scorecard, 1/1/23 – Rodney Brooks… (h/t @slashdot) 3/
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🚨 A new class action was filed against @StabilityAI (#StableDiffusion), @midjourney_ai, & @DeviantArt (#DreamUp) on behalf of artists whose works were used to train AI/ML algorithms. 🔥

Here's a breakdown... 🧵

#copyright #ai #ml #artificialintelligence #DMCA #Midjourney
The named artists bringing the class action included references to as proof that their works were used for the Stable Diffusion and Midjourney tools.

The complaint dives into how each company developed its specific tool & then offered them to the public.
The complaint dives deep into the details of how Stable Diffusion works. It also highlights how Stability paid LAION ("Large-Scale Artificial Intelligence Open Network") to put together LAION-5B, a dataset of 5.85 billion images.
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Last week, @Gizmodo's @lincodega caught a killer scoop - a leake Hasbro's plan to revoke the decades-old #OpenGamingLicense, which subsidiary @Wizards promulgated as an allegedly #open sandbox for people seeking to extend #DungeonsAndDragons:… 1/ A remixed version of David Trampier's 'Eye of Moloch,' the c
The report set off a shitstorm among #DandD fans and the broader #TTRPG community - not just because it was evidence of yet more #enshittification of D&D by a faceless corporate monopolist, but because Hasbro was seemingly poised to take back a #commons. 2/
RPG players and designers had built that commons over decades, having taken #WOTC and the #OGL at their word.

#Gamers were right to be worried. 3/
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Inside: How Apple could open its App Store without really opening its App Store; and more!

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#NewYorkers! The state legislature has passed landmark #RightToRepair legislation, but @GovHochul hasn't signed it and it might die. Visit to help tell the Governor that we can't afford to wait (and tell your friends in New York, too!). 2/
How Apple could open its App Store without really opening its App Store: ...and what we should do about it.

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40 years ago, giant entertainment companies embarked on a slow-moving act of arson. The fuel for this arson was #copyright #TermExtension (making copyrights last longer), including *retrospective* copyright term extensions that took works out of the #PublicDomain. 1/ A montage of works that enter the public domain on Jan 1, 20
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Term extension put public domain works back into copyright for decades. Vast swathes of culture became off-limits, pseudo-property with absentee landlords, with much of it crumbling into dust. 3/
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I have some thoughts on a bit of what was shared by Alfred David Steiner in this @NYSBA article exploring #copyright and #NFTs #NFTCollections, specifically those like #BAYC.

Buckle up… 🧵…
The article gives 4️⃣ “reasons why a ‘CryptoPunk’ may not merit copyright protection”, each of which I will respond to in order…

Let’s go! 😀
1️⃣ “It lacks a minimum of creative authorship”

🚫 no, there is a human authorship element that is merely assisted by computer software. Also, the underlying assets are also protectable as works eligible for copyright protection.
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Rumblings today indicate that the SCOTUS may be considering granting cert. on the Rap Genius vs. Google case on whether copyright law preempts terms of service:

Here is an article:…
Or, if you prefer, here is a parody song I wrote called "Preemption Song"
Preemption Song is sung to the tune of Bob Marley's Redemption Song):
#SCOTUS #termsofservice #copyright #preemption #Google #RapGenius
[Verse 1]
New pirates, yes, they rob I
Say I of the Google scripts
Scraping music like a spy
Took Rap Genius lyrics
But my brief was made strong
By the T-O-S declaration
We contract with this generation
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The #EdSheeran @Pokemon hit “Celestial” is featured in the new game, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet…

but it’s also causing headaches for streamers when their channels get hit with #DMCA notices for #copyright infringement 🧵

#CreatorEconomy #CreatorEconomyLaw
@GameRant reports many streamers are getting hit with DMCA notices for copyright infringement when the hit song pops up in the game.…
Some game devs now include an option to disable licensed music as a “steam safe” option, but not Pokémon as of yet.
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NEW: This Post Was Written By #AI:…

From idea to content and published post in under 30mins, using free tools. This tech is developing *fast* and will have implications for teaching, learning and our graduates.

☝️Using tools from @playground_ai @peppertype_ai @AiWritesonic @copy_ai and inspired by @Suhail @kaifulee @FryRsquared @DeepMind @daniel_eckler and more. Follow them all for super-interesting news. #AI
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The publishers & lobbyists @AmericanPublish would have you believe their lawsuit is abt @internetarchive hurting poor authors.
But none other than @ChuckWendig writes "It’s not authors. It’s the publishers. They’re the ones doing this. Go be mad at them"…
2/ More & more authors are speaking out against this lawsuit: @sgcarney NYT bestselling author of "What Doesn't Kill Us" writes:
3/ Bestselling author @neilhimself (Coraline, Stardust) has made himself clear writing "I've condemned the current legal case."
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