Music publishers such as Universal Music Group Publishing (UMGP), Concord Music Group and ABKCO have sued an Amazon-backed artificial intelligence company over alleged copyright infringement.

The three companies filed a suit against Anthropic, an AI startup that was founded in 2021 and recently secured roughly $4billion (£3.29b) in investment from Amazon. The startup refers to itself as an “AI safety and research company” and raised $750million (£617.7m) prior to Amazon’s stake making it one of the fastest-growing AI companies.The lawsuit – filed in a Nashville court on Wednesday (October 18) by UMG’s publishing company Universal Music Publishing Group, along with co-plaintiffs Concord Music Group and ABKCO – seeks potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages from Anthropic and its AI assistant service Claude (per Music Business Worldwide)