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Forbes threatens Perplexity with legal action

Axios: “Forbes sent a letter to the CEO of AI search startup Perplexity accusing the company of stealing text and images in a “willful infringement” of Forbes’ copyright rights, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Axios. Why it matters: Publishers fighting to protect their intellectual property are stuck in a game of whack-a-mole as they confront not just the biggest AI companies, like OpenAI or Google, but also smaller AI startups. Catch up quick: Forbes general counsel MariaRosa Cartolano sent the letter days after Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane accused Perplexity AI’s chatbot of ripping off Forbes’ reporting without attribution.

  • The chatbot tried to give credibility to the Forbes story it presented by citing other “sourced” reports that were actually just aggregated stories of Forbes’ original report.
  • Perplexity then sent a push notification to its subscribers of its version of the story and published an AI-generated podcast, which was then turned into a YouTube video, about the story.

That video, Lane said, “outranks all Forbes content on this topic within Google search.” Lane and the author of the original Forbes article have both highlighted ways the Perplexity AI chatbot failed to appropriately cite Forbes. The other side: Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas tried to defend the company’s practices, writing to the Forbes journalist on X that the incident was part of a new product feature that has “rough edges” and is being improved “with more feedback.”…

Patrons Speak Out: The Impact of Losing Access to More Than 500,000 Books

Internet Archives Blogs: “Earlier this week, we asked readers across social media to tell us the impact of losing access to more than 500,000 books removed from our library as a result of the publishers’ lawsuit. The response was overwhelming, and the stories shared were powerful and heartfelt. It wasn’t just titles that disappeared—it was… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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