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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]

April 05, 2024 • 05:09 PM

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Wednesday, June 23 2010

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”), a self-proclaimed public health watchdog group, has issued an ultimatum to McDonald’s:  Remove the toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals or risk a lawsuit.

In a letter to the fast food giant, CSPI said that the toys lure children to McDonald’s restaurants where they are likely to order food that CSPI claims is too high in calories, fat and salt, and contributes to childhood obesity.  According to California law, a warning letter must be issued prior to filing suit under the state’s consumer protection statutes.

"McDonald's is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children," Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the advocacy group said in a statement. "McDonald's use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children's developmental immaturity."

The news of the lawsuit threat comes within weeks of Santa Clara County’s (CA) decision to ban toys and other food promotions aimed at children. 

McDonald’s countered that its meals are right-sized for kids and that its menu offers healthy options.

—Source:  Los Angeles Times

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