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April Fools' Day Four Days Late? Google Objects to OpenAI Using YouTube to Train Its Own Generator

File under "You Can't Make This Stuff Up."

Somehow, it actually seems like a farcical April Fools' Day headline, in fact.  Google, with its deep history of scraping and scanning other sources' substantive content for its own uses, now objects to OpenAI using YouTube content to train its text-to-video generator:

The use of YouTube videos to train OpenAI’s text-to-video generator would be an infraction of the platform's terms of service, YouTube Chief Executive Officer Neal Mohan said."

Optimists might hope that Google is finally recognizing and preparing to correct its wayward course, while realists and cynics will roll their eyes at what they'll label naivete.  As the old adage goes, however, "every saint has a past, every sinner has a future," so we'll maintain hope.…[more]

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Wednesday, October 30 2013

Legendary rock band Van Halen is suing member Alex Van Halen's ex-wife claiming trademark violation because of her intended use of the band's name in her construction and interior design business. Kelly's defense? It's her last name too, and has been for 30 years.

When Kelly Carter married Alex Van Halen in 1984 she changed her name to Kelly Van Halen.  After their divorce in 1996, Kelly kept the Van Halen surname.  According to news reports, she is now using the name for her own private businesses, including swimsuits, blankets and interior design services, which the band alleges dilutes its trademark. In the legal filings, the band further claims that Kelly Van Halen's proposed trademark (Kelly Van Halen) is confusing similar to the band’s (Van Halen) trademark.

In reporting on the case, the Hollywood Reporter cited the U.S. Supreme Court case of Brown Chemical Co. v. Meyer (1891), noting that, "A man's name is his own property, and he has the same right to its use and enjoyment as he has that of any other species of property. If such use be a reasonable, honest and fair exercise of such right, he is no more liable for the incidental damage he may do a rival in trade than he would be for injury to his neighbor's property by smoke issuing from his chimney, or for the fall of his neighbor's house by reason of necessary excavations upon his own land."


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"Progressives are using legal loopholes and the power of the federal government to maximize Democrat votes in the 2024 election at taxpayers' expense, RealClearInvestigations has found.The methods include voter registration and mobilization campaigns by ostensibly nonpartisan charities that target Democrats using demographic data as proxies, and the Biden administration's unprecedented demand that…[more]
— Ben Weingarten, Real Clear Investigations
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