By , October 21, 2022.

Zelensky hails power of books and knowledge in Frankfurt Book Fair address — The Bookseller reports of the speech from Ukrainian President Zelensky, “He told delegates ‘knowledge is the answer’ to ‘those who are scared, to those who manipulate and to those who don’t believe’. ‘Books, documentary scripts, articles, reports — these are the answers. I invite all of you to Ukraine: publishers, authors, business people and public figures, educators and journalists. Everyone. Take a look at what our people are going through. What we have managed to gain. What are the threats we are still facing. Witness it and tell about it.’ His speech was greeted with a standing ovation.”

How GitHub Copilot could steer Microsoft into a copyright storm — “GitHub Copilot – a programming auto-suggestion tool trained from public source code on the internet – has been caught generating what appears to be copyrighted code, prompting an attorney to look into a possible copyright infringement claim.”

RIAA Flags ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Music Mixer as Emerging Copyright Threat — “The RIAA has submitted its most recent overview of notorious markets to the U.S. Trade Representative. As usual, the music industry group lists various torrent sites, cyberlockers and stream-ripping services as familiar suspects. In addition, several ‘AI-based’ music mixers and extractors are added as an emerging threat.”

That company’s ‘About Us’ page may be full of fake pictures of ‘people’ who don’t actually exist — Just in case you got the impression that AI is only raising copyright-related concerns. “Some companies are using fake, AI-generated images of ‘staff’ who don’t exist on their ‘about us’ pages in an attempt to make their company look bigger.”

The Supreme Court’s Self-Conscious Take on Andy Warhol — “Judging from oral argument, the Justices seemed to lean toward deciding for Goldsmith. Several of them seemed particularly concerned that deciding against her might result in upending the general understanding that an adaptation of a book into a movie or a television show is not fair use and requires payment to the author, even though Hollywood often adds new meanings—including altered plotlines, themes, and characters—to the original material. If those changes were considered ‘transformative,’ the entire industry’s assumption that book authors are to be paid for use of their intellectual property would be disrupted, giving Hollywood a windfall.”