2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West

We are writing a lot about artificial intelligence these days… but then there is a lot to say on the topic.  AI is making headlines in terms of legal battles and legislative developments.  At the end of 2023, the New York Times filed suit against Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement based upon alleged unauthorized…

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Navigating the AI Regulatory Landscape: Comparing Biden’s Executive Order and the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act

The regulation of artificial intelligence (“AI”) is a popular topic of discussion. Politicians, activists and even AI developers have weighed in to urge the Government to take steps to create guardrails for the technology’s development and use. Yet, until recently, governments and regulators have been slow to take action and pass concrete legislation – leaving…

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How Does AI Use the Data You Give it?

The development and public offering of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) models has led to the introduction of many work-complementing and work-supplementing tools that offer individuals and organizations the ability to streamline or expand their workflows. Generative AIs are algorithms, specifically large language models (LLMs), trained on massive amounts of input data to generate their own…

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Ad Tech in Europe: What Does the Future Hold?

If you are subject to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and you engage in behavioral advertising, you may want to rethink your business model. A recent decision from the European Data Protection Board (which oversees application and enforcement of the GDPR across the EU) and related statements from regulators from several European member states…

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Major Developments on the Horizon for Bankruptcy Law

The Supreme Court rarely hears bankruptcy cases – typically one per term. But 2023 has been different, the Court already has ruled on four bankruptcy matters, including sovereign immunity issues with respect to Puerto Rico and Indian tribes, appellate review of § 363 sale orders, the discharge of debts obtained by another’s fraud. In addition…

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California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act Stymied After Federal District Court Ruling

As state legislatures pursue laws directed at online safety and privacy for children, federal courts are striking down their efforts. The latest example is California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (CA-AADC), which a federal judge in the Northern District of California enjoined from enforcement. While larger questions loom about constitutional authority and what is the best…

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District Court Rules that Robots Can’t Hold a Copyright

If asked to name the greatest artists of all time, you may think of well-known figures such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Michelangelo. What do these artists have in common – apart from their creative talent? They’re human. While that answer may seem painfully obvious, the humanity of authorship may not always be…

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Got Endorsers? Federal Trade Commission Issues Updated Advertising Guides

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued updated “Endorsement Guides.” Guides, last revised in 2009, give businesses guidance on what endorsement practices may be considered “unfair” or “deceptive” under the FTC Act.  They also provide the general principles the FTC will use in evaluating endorsements and testimonials. As social media has evolved, the FTC has…

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