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A couple weeks ago, a judge issued a buzzworthy ruling that A.I.-authored work is not eligible for copyright protection, a case I had highlighted before it was even filed. Then, at the beginning of the year, I was one of the first to point to how A.I. would become a major source of friction in Hollywood’s labor talks. Today, a preview of the next big legal topic for the creative industry.
Also in this jam-packed edition: a sneaky upcoming trial for Selena Gomez and a landmark one for Google; Iger’s $150 million headache; Zuckberg’s new privacy fight; Trump’s deposition; Alec Baldwin’s Fifth Amendment rights, a $16 billion court victory, and the ousted Big Law attorney now fighting a social media star.
|A decade ago, the leaders of the Chinese company Forgame encountered a familiar business challenge as gamers shifted from playing web-based games, which Forgame specialized in, to more casual games on mobile. In response, C.E.O. Dongfeng Wang decided to open American and European divisions, leading to the 2017 launch of Clothes Forever: a Western-friendly mobile game that allowed would-be fashionistas to...