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Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office, speaking at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet at the U.S. Capitol.

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Bad-behaving bots: Copyright Office to the rescue?

It might not be the flashiest agency in Washington, DC, but the Copyright Office, part of the Library of Congress, could be key to shaping the future of generative AI and the public policy that governs it.

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Antitrust regulators zero in on AI

The watchful eyes of US antitrust enforcers are squarely on the artificial intelligence industry.

Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission announced it was opening an inquiry into multibillion-dollar investments by tech giants into smaller AI startups. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft made investments in Anthropic and OpenAI, and while they didn’t buy them outright, that has not stopped federal antitrust regulators from flexing some muscle.

Microsoft poured $13 billion into OpenAI, the company that ushered in the start of the AI boom with the release of its chatbot ChatGPT in November 2022, and the FTC is also probing two separate investments into Anthropic, which makes the AI-powered chatbot Claude, by Amazon ($4 billion) and Google ($2 billion).

It’s possible that in a more hands-off regulatory environment, these Silicon Valley stalwarts would have simply bought the pure-play startups outright. But doing so these days would enlarge the targets already on their chests.

The US government’s commitment to busting corporate dealmaking in the internet sector has been spotty over the past two decades. The historical rate at which the government challenges mergers is “far, far lower in the digital sector,” says Diana Moss, vice president and director of competition policy at the Progressive Policy Institute. This is research she oversaw and testified about to Congress in her previous role as the president of the American Antitrust Institute.

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Is ChatGPT stealing from The New York Times?

We told you 2024 would be the year of “copyright clarity,” and while some legal disputes were already winding their way through the US courts, a whopper dropped on Dec. 31.

Just hours before the Big Apple’s ball dropped, The New York Times filed a lawsuit against the buzziest AI startup in the world, OpenAI, and its lead investor, Microsoft.

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