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Google sued by top textbook publishers over ads for pirated e-books

XM: “June 5 (Reuters) – Google was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday by educational publishers Cengage, Macmillan Learning, McGraw Hill and Elsevier accusing the tech giant of promoting pirate copies of their textbooks. The publishers told the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that Google has ignored thousands of copyright-infringement notices and continues to profit from the sale of pirated digital versions of textbooks advertised through its dominant search engine. Google representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit. The publishers’ attorney Matt Oppenheim of Oppenheim + Zebrak told Reuters that Google had become a “thieves’ den” for textbook pirates. The complaint said that Google searches for the publishers’ work feature heavily discounted, pirated e-book versions at the top of the results. “The artificially low-priced infringing works drown out the regularly priced legitimate works,” the lawsuit said. “Of course, the pirate sellers can sell their infringing works at such low prices because they did nothing to create or license them; they just illegally made digital copies.” According to the lawsuit, Google has made the piracy worse by restricting ads for licensed e-books. “As a result, the textbook market is upside down, as the world’s largest online advertising business advertises ebooks for pirates but rejects ebook ads for legitimate sellers,” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit said that the publishers have been complaining to Google about the ads since 2021 to no avail. They accused Google of copyright and trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices, requesting an unspecified amount of monetary damages. The case is Cengage Learning Inc v. Google LLC, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1:24-cv-04274.”

Buzzy AI Search Engine Perplexity Is Directly Ripping Off Content From News Outlets

Forbes [unpaywalled]:” AI-powered search startup Perplexity appears to be plagiarizing journalists’ work through its newly launched feature, Perplexity Pages, which lets people curate content on a particular topic. Multiple posts that have been “curated” by the Perplexity team on its platform are strikingly similar to original stories from multiple publications, including Forbes, CNBC and Bloomberg.… Continue Reading

Treasury Releases First Ever Non-fungible Token Illicit Finance Risk Assessment

“Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published a 2024 Non-fungible Token (NFT) Illicit Finance Risk Assessment. The risk assessment explores how vulnerabilities associated with NFTs and NFT platforms may be exploited by illicit actors for money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing. The assessment finds that NFTs are highly susceptible to use in fraud… Continue Reading

A Devil’s Bargain With OpenAI

The Atlantic via MSN: The Atlantic’s CEO, Nicholas Thompson, announced in an internal email that the company has entered into a business partnership with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. (The news was made public via a press release shortly thereafter.) Editorial content from this publication will soon be directly referenced in response to queries in… Continue Reading

Nvidia denies pirate e-book sites are “shadow libraries” to shut down lawsuit

Ars Technica: “Some of the most infamous so-called shadow libraries have increasingly faced legal pressure to either stop pirating books or risk being shut down or driven to the dark web. Among the biggest targets are Z-Library, which the US Department of Justice has charged with criminal copyright infringement, and Library Genesis (Libgen), which was… Continue Reading

Here are the companies OpenAI has made deals with to train ChatGPT

Fast company: “OpenAI’s chatbots scored a big new data source following the company’s deal with News Corp. on Wednesday. With the stroke of a pen, ChatGPT and the company’s other services added the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, MarketWatch, Barron’s, and other publications to its database. The deal, which did not include Fox News… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Access Onion Sites Without Tor Browser

MakeUseOf: “Key Takeaways Onion sites are unindexed web addresses on the dark web with “.onion” suffixes. Compared to other methods, using the Tor Browser is the safest way to visit onion sites. Accessing onion sites using everyday browsers poses significant security risks. You can use Tor proxies, browser extensions, or Proton VPN to access onion… Continue Reading

Generating Harms II: Generative AI’s New & Continued Impacts

“Today, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) released Generating Harms II: Generative AI’s New & Continued Impacts, a follow-up report that expands on the harms detailed in last year’s Generating Harms report. The new report includes a deep dive into four new issue areas and explores the different remedies and enforcement actions that are being… Continue Reading

OpenAI, Mass Scraper of Copyrighted Work, Claims Copyright Over Subreddit’s Logo

404 Media: “OpenAI, a company that has indiscriminately scraped the internet and vast amounts of knowledge and creative works created by humans to build a company valued at roughly $80 billion, has made what Reddit described as a copyright complaint against the ChatGPT subreddit because it uses OpenAI’s logo. Moderators of the subreddit posted a… Continue Reading

LLRX April 2024 Issue

LLRX April 2024 Articles and Columns: Violence Against Women and International Law, April 2024 Update – Sabrina I. Pacifici Move Over Law Professors? AI Likes to Write Law Review Articles Too! – Sarah Gotschall AI in Banking and Finance, April 30, 2024 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government documents, NGO/IGO… Continue Reading

Major US newspapers sue OpenAI, Microsoft for copyright infringement

Axios: “Eight prominent U.S. newspapers owned by investment giant Alden Global Capital are suing OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, in a complaint filed Tuesday in the Southern District of New York. Why it matters: On top of a similar case filed by the New York Times against both companies, the new suits add heft… Continue Reading