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GitHub, OpenAI, Microsoft Use of Open-Source Code Class Action

This class action, against GitHub, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, OpenAI, Inc., and a group of OpenAI companies, makes allegations of software piracy, in reference to two programs. Codex, from OpenAI, the complaint claims, powers Copilot, a joint venture between GitHub and OpenAI. Microsoft has invested in OpenAI, the complaint alleges, and Copilot runs on its Azure  Read more

Copyright or Other Intellectual Property
Software, Licenses or Licensing, Intellectual Property, Fraud, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Breach of Contract
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TikTok Allows Use of Others’ Likenesses, Voices, Content Class Action

TikTok, Inc. runs the TikTok social media platform where users can post videos and gain a following, but they can also advertise and make money. However, the complaint alleges that TikTok violates the Right to Publicity laws, because, it claims, it permits users to pirate the images, voices, and content of others to sell counterfeit  Read more

Copyright or Other Intellectual Property
Using Your Picture For Commercial Gain, Right of Publicity, Performance or other use of recordings without consent or authorization, Copyright Infringement
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Film-Makers’ Cooperative Copyright Infringement Class Action

New American Cinema Group, Inc. (NACG), which does business as the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, is a nonprofit custodian of some 5,000 avant-garde and experimental films by around 900 filmmakers. The complaint for this class action brings suit against NACG and its agent, MM Serra, for copyright infringement, among other things, pertaining to a film in its  Read more

Copyright or Other Intellectual Property
Fraud, Copyright Infringement, Breach of Contract
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UBS Background Report Disclosure and FCRA Rules Class Action

Congress passed the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) because it saw “a need to insure that consumer reporting agencies exercise their grave responsibilities with fairness, impartiality, and a respect for the consumer’s right to privacy.” The complaint for this class action alleges that UBS Financial Services, Inc. violated the law when it obtained a background  Read more

Privacy, Copyright or Other Intellectual Property, Consumer
Obtaining Reports Without Making Proper Disclosures, FCRA, Background Reports
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YouTube Facilitation of Copyright Piracy Class Action

The first lines in the complaint for this class action are, “This case is about copyright piracy. YouTube, the largest video-sharing website in the world, is replete with videos infringing on the rights of copyright holders.” The complaint names YouTube, LLC, Google, LLC, and parent company Alphabet, Inc. as defendants.  Read more

Copyright or Other Intellectual Property
Copyright Infringement