We’ve always joked about how burgers look way better in ad photos than in reality. But Burger King got sued over it. A U.S. judge recently dismissed the chain’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit that claims that it falsely advertised its Whopper sandwich, making it look larger than it actually is.
A United States District Court Judge has determined that AI-generated artworks cannot have copyright protection. The ruling came as a response to a lawsuit brought before the court by Stephen Thaler against the US Copyright Office.
Thaler sought copyright for an AI-generated image produced using his Creativity Machine algorithm. The decision made by Judge Beryl A. Howell raises important questions about the intersection of technology and artistic authorship.
A Florence museum has won a legal case against a magazine publisher that used an image of Michelangelo’s David without permission. An Italian court ruled in favour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses the artwork, due to GQ magazine’s “mortifying and humiliating” cover image.
The statue is 500 years old and out of copyright protection. However, according to Artnet News, Italian law allows the museum to control how images of the artwork are used. The museum is also allowed to demand a reproduction fee.
Kanye West is being sued by a photographer after he allegedly grabbed her phone and threw it into the street. According to the lawsuit, West grabbed the phone when he saw the paparazzo filming him and subsequently threw it into oncoming traffic.
The incident occurred in late January when West’s child was playing in a sports game at their school. The photographer, Nichol Lechmanik, recorded a video clip of an altercation between West and another photographer.
A Serbian non-profit Fruškać was recently ordered to pay over $1,000 for doing something most of us do daily. After they were tagged in a photo, they shared it on their Instagram Story straight from the original post. However, they were slammed with a lawsuit for it – and now they have to pay a fine. This case could have implications not only for photographers but all creatives and social media users. And not only in Serbia, but across the world.
After Montana banned TikTok, it happened what we all thought it would: the creators have struck back. A group of app users has sued the state of Montana in an attempt to overturn the controversial decision. They claim that the ban violates the First Amendment but also deprives the users of many other constitutional rights.
In the never-ending Warhol/Goldsmith “Prince photo” case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the photographer. The judges decided that Andy Warhol violated Lynn Goldsmith’s copyright when he made his famous “Prince” series and rejected the argument that Warhol’s work was different enough to be considered fair use.
A public school in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the owners of social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube. The 200-page lawsuit blames them for a growing mental health crisis and an increase in cyberbullying, as well as for intentionally targeting children with addictive platforms.
“ARRI has agreed to a settlement with Rotolight”, a joint statement between the two companies begins. In September 2021, ARRI began legal proceedings towards Rotolight, amongst others, disputing the validity of their lighting effect patents. The challenge came in view of what ARRI called “myriad prior art”. Basically, it’s been around for years, so what’s Rotolight done that’s actually new and patentable? They argued that it was “not new, but rather state of the art”.
They argued that the patents should never have been issued in the first place. That the company’s “advances” were nothing more than building upon known technical solutions that had been “well established in the market for many years”. Well, ARRI and Rotolight seem to have figured things out because they’ve reached a settlement, and the patents still stand.
Stock photo platform Getty Images has sued Stability AI, the maker of AI image generator Stable Diffusion. Getty alleges that the tech company unlawfully scraped millions of copyrighted images that Getty owns or represents. As they reportedly never asked for permission to do so, Getty claims that Stability AI benefited commercially, while harming the artists whose work it used to train its AI.