Anthropic sued for using copyrighted songs to train models

Occurred: 2023

Universal Music Group (UMG) and several other music publishers have sued AI company Anthropic for distributing copyrighted lyrics without permission with its AI model Claude 2, and for using the lyrics to train its language models.

The music publishers’ complaint (pdf) claims that Claude 2 can be prompted to distribute almost identical lyrics to songs such as Katy Perry’s 'Roar,' Gloria Gaynor’s 'I Will Survive,' and the Rolling Stones’ 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want.' 

The complaint also says Claude 2’s results use phrases very similar to existing lyrics, even when not asked to recreate songs. 

'Anthropic’s copyright infringement is not innovation; in layman’s terms, it’s theft,' according to UMG.

Developer: Anthropic
Country: USA
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Generate text
Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning
Issue: Copyright
Transparency: Governance; Complaints/appeals

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Type: Incident
Published: October 2023