In a recent development, three music publishing companies, Universal Music, Concord Music Group, and ABKCO Music, have filed a request with the federal court for a temporary restraining order against the company Anthropic. These publishers allege that Anthropic, an artificial […]
In a recent development, three music publishing companies, Universal Music, Concord Music Group, and ABKCO Music, have filed a request with the federal court for a temporary restraining order against the company Anthropic. These publishers allege that Anthropic, an artificial intelligence company, has been reproducing and distributing copyrighted song lyrics without permission. The publishers are seeking measures to prevent Anthropic’s AI models from using and distributing these copyrighted lyrics, as well as preventing the use of these works to train future AI models.
Anthropic, based in San Francisco, has been accused of systematic and widespread copyright infringement by the publishers, who claim that the company has been using copyrighted song lyrics without authorization. It is alleged that Anthropic collects extensive amounts of text from the internet to train its AI assistant, known as “Claude,” to respond to human queries. The publishers claim that Claude generates identical or nearly identical copies of these song lyrics upon request from users, such as “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Every Breath You Take.”
Interestingly, Anthropic’s generative AI even provides responses that incorporate copyrighted song lyrics when asked various questions. For example, if a user requests a song about the death of rock pioneer Buddy Holly, Claude will offer relevant lyrics from Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
The publishers argue that Anthropic has been profiting significantly from the unauthorized use of their copyrighted works, creating a value of $5 billion without compensating the publishers or songwriters. They state that this would not have been possible without the extensive amount of copyrighted material collected and exploited by Anthropic from the internet.
In their lawsuit, the publishers are seeking monetary compensation of up to $150,000 per infringed work, as well as an injunction to halt the alleged copyright infringement by Anthropic.