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🤢 Sarah Silverman is sick of OpenAI

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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 🤢 Sarah Silverman is sick of OpenAI

  •  🖼️ Alibaba Cloud’s image generator

  • 🧑‍⚖️ Shutterstock takes the ‘legal’ fall for you

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

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🤢 Sarah Silverman is sick of OpenAI

One of the biggest fears creators face today is someone stealing their work.

Derivatives have always been part of the game, but with AI ramping up, it seems like there is some serious ‘Ctrl C’ - ‘Ctrl V’ action going on.

Comedian Sarah Silverman is suing OpenAI and Meta, along with two other authors, Christopher Golden, and Richard Kadrey, alleging that ChatGPT and LLaMA were trained on copyrighted material based on Silverman's book, "The Bedwetter,"

Both OpenAI and Meta stated that they do not train their AI on copyrighted material, but some of the training data comes from… shady sources:

  • Library Genesis

  • Z-Library

  • Sci-Hub

  • Bibliotik

All of which include copyrighted books.

Overall: All these lawsuits arising with proprietary material will do one thing - set a precedent and clarify the limits of copyright in the age of AI.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

Read more: Gizmodo

🖼️ Alibaba Cloud’s image generator

Speaking of derivative ideas (no shade, couldn’t resist 😂), Alibaba officially launched its DALL-E competitor, Tongyi Wanxiang, during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2023.

(Fun fact of the day: 'Wanxiang' means 'tens of thousands of photos’)

Tongyi Wanxiang was built with Composer, a big proprietary model on Alibaba Cloud that allows for control over image synthesis outcomes, including spatial arrangement and palette, without sacrificing picture quality or originality.

Enterprise customers in China can now participate in a beta test of the state-of-the-art generative AI model.

I just can’t help but wonder if Alibaba will also run into the same copyright issues as the US-based companies are facing.

Read more: MarkTech Post

🧑‍⚖️ Shutterstock takes the ‘legal’ fall for you

Wow, today’s newsletter is really thematic.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Adobe agreed to cover legal bills pertaining to any lawsuits caused by their image generation AI, Firefly?

Well, Shutterstock is following suit, announcing indemnification for customers using its AI image generators and providing complete protection from claims that may be made against the use of the images.


  • Because businesses are more likely to use Shutterstock if they aren’t worried about copyright infringement or ethical issues

  • Because Adobe did it, and they don’t want to lose customers to them

The company is also reassuring customers that the synthetic images generated have the same protections as other types of content sold on its platform.

Overall: It’s a smart move by Shutterstock, but it shows how uncertain businesses are regarding laws on AI-generated content.

If you thought data laws were murky before AI, things are about to get a lot murkier.

Read more: Peta Pixel

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Pano extends its $20M Series A with another $17M to help with Wildfire detection.

CloudMinds raises $138M in a Series C round to develop AI-powered cloud-based robots to handle tasks such as cleaning, patrolling, and delivering in various settings.

🗞️ AI Quick-Bytes

What else is going on?

  1. The UN holds a robot press conference about the state of AI

  2. AI Will Make Games 'Faster, Cheaper and Better': Unity CEO

  3. Unearthing Rare Earth Elements – Scientists Use AI To Find Rare Materials

  4. How AI could help local newsrooms remain afloat in a sea of misinformation

  5. OTV introduces 'Lisa': Odisha's first AI news Anchor

  6. World powers are in a rush to get killer robots on the battlefield in the AI arms race as concerns grow they can turn on humans

  7. TSMC sales ride AI demand boost to beat estimates

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