Tag - intellectual-property



Giovanna Gonzalez of Chicago demonstrates outside the U.S. Capitol following a press conference by TikTok creators to voice their opposition to the "Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act," pending crackdown legislation on TikTok in the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 12.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 19, 2024
TikTok and its 'secret sauce' caught in U.S.-China tussle
China's ByteDance's algorithm has helped drive TikTok's stratospheric success since the app was launched for the international market in 2017.
Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. maker of software that allows people to use PCs and smartphones to play video games intended for a specific console.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 1, 2024
Nintendo sues company for piracy on 'colossal scale'
The company is looking to clamp down on the operations of a company called Tropic Haze, which owns and runs a popular video game emulator.
Michael Jackson performs in Vienna in 1997. Jackson, one of the top selling artists in pop music, died in 2009, leaving an estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars but large debts to work out.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 10, 2024
Sony to buy 50% stake in Michael Jackson music for $600 million
The agreement may also include songs from other artists that are part of the Mijac publishing catalog in what would be the largest such deal ever.
In the quest for immortality, some researchers believe mind uploading will be our ticket to an eternal existence.
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 8, 2024
Japan’s take on immortality; problems in Palworld
As scientists and technologists attempt to tackle the problem of aging and death, we discuss Japanese ideas about immortality.
Has runaway hit Palworld gotten itself into hot water with The Pokemon Company?
LIFE / Digital
Jan 25, 2024
The Pokemon Company to Palworld: ‘We intend to investigate’
“We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokemon intellectual property or assets in that game,” The Pokemon Company said in a statement.
Masimo's headquarters in Irvine, California. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled earlier this year that the Apple Watch violates two Masimo patents related to blood-oxygen sensing and imposed an import ban on the Ultra 2 and Series 9 models.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 28, 2023
The email to Tim Cook that set the Apple watch saga in motion
Masimo, based in Irvine, California, is the rare company to wound Apple in a patent dispute.
The New York Times headquarters in New York. The New York Times has sued Microsoft and OpenAI for using its content to help develop artificial intelligence services, in a sign of the increasingly fraught relationship between the media and a technology that could upend the news industry.
Dec 28, 2023
NYT sues Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement
While OpenAI has been sued by prominent authors, the suit is the first challenge to its practices by a major media organization.
Apple Watch Ultra 2 devices displayed in Los Angeles. Apple said on Dec. 18 it will stop selling some of its smartwatch models in the United States while it fights a patent battle over technology for detecting blood oxygen levels.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 19, 2023
Apple plans rescue for $17 billion watch biz in face of U.S. ban
If the ban holds, Apple is working on a range of legal and technical options.
Rapid improvements in image generation have spurred artists to push back on generative AI startups, which ingest vast troves of internet data in order to generate content like pictures or text.
Nov 6, 2023
Dall-E 3 is so good it’s stoking a revolt against AI scraping
It hasn’t helped much that OpenAI’s new process for artists who want to exclude their data from the system is time-consuming and complex.
Nippon Steel has dropped lawsuits against Toyota and Mitsui & Co. over electrical steel sheet patents.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 3, 2023
Nippon Steel drops patent lawsuits against Toyota and Mitsui
Having two of Japan's manufacturing giants locked in a rare court battle signified the high stakes involved in materials production.
Speech-generating AI works by sifting through reams of data, categorizing how people speak then using an algorithm, to replicate human vocal patterns and speech characteristics.
Oct 23, 2023
Whose voice is it anyway? Actors take on AI copycats
Artists around the world are joining forces to protect their jobs, and their souls, from the ramifications of AI that sounds just like them.
 FBI Director Christopher Wray
WORLD / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Five Eyes chiefs warn on China's 'theft' of intellectual property
From quantum technology and robotics to biotechnology and artificial intelligence, China was stealing secrets in various sectors, officials said.
The fast-growing field of generative AI has raised novel intellectual property issues.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 22, 2023
AI-generated art cannot receive copyrights, U.S. court says
Only works with human authors can receive copyrights, a judge ruled Friday.
AI apps on a smartphone screen. In a joint statement, Japanese organizations said that current generative AI creates content based on the analysis of large amounts of data collected from the internet without the consent of and payments to copyright holders.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 17, 2023
Japanese publishers voice copyright concerns over generative AI
The statement said that Japan's copyright law is more favorable to AI learning than those of other countries.
Sony's headquarters in Tokyo
Aug 12, 2023
Sony and other top music labels sue over Sinatra 78s stored online
The companies include a list of 2,749 recordings in the lawsuit, including songs by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Japanese public institutes have relaxed attitude about data protection, expert says
The warning comes a week after the arrest by Tokyo police of a Chinese researcher for an alleged data leak.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
Organization founded to create guidelines for use of AI image generators
An AI-generated image tool allows users to create images based on written descriptions and learning from other images available online, including those made by artists.
Japan Times
May 11, 2023
The music industry has an AI problem
“Heart on My Sleeve,” using AI generated voices of famous artists, was built by a bot and way too believable. Was it theft?
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
Move over 'Minions,' it’s Mario time at the movies
The iconic plumber Mario is set to make more at the box office than any animated movie. But don’t expect a Nintendo Cinematic Universe just yet.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 11, 2023
'Super Mario Bros. Movie' success gives boost to Nintendo's IP push
The much-anticipated movie has made a record-breaking debut at the box office.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on