A Group of Writers Sues OpenAI Over Copyright Claims

A group of writers sues OpenAI over copyright claims. This will be the second incident, and the group suing the company behind the AI tool, ChatGPT. And now, Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, and other authors have reportedly filed a lawsuit against the company.

Writers Sues OpenAI Over Copyright Claims

Writers Sues OpenAI Over Copyright Claims

A group of writers is at the moment suing OpenAI over reported claims that the company is making use of their works illegal in training its AI chatbot, as earlier reported by Reuters. Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, Rachel Louise Snyder, and Ayelet Waldman in a lawsuit that was filed on Friday alleged that OpenAI benefits and profits from the “unauthorized and illegal use” of their copyrighted content.

The lawsuit in question is seeking class-action status and reportedly calls out the ability of ChatGPT to summarize and analyze the content that is written by the authors, thus stating this “is only possible” if OpenAI trained its GPT large language model on their works. It also adds that these outputs in question are actually “derivative” works that reportedly infringe on their copyrights.

The Claim of the Lawsuit

“OpenAI’s acts of copyright infringement have been intentional, willful, and in callous disregard of Plaintiffs’ and Class members’ rights,” the lawsuit reportedly claims. “OpenAI knew at all relevant times that the datasets it used to train its GPT models contained copyrighted materials and that its acts were in violation of the terms of use of the materials.”

Over 10,000 Authors Have Signed an Open Letter against AI and Tech Companies

Chabon, who is the author of several books such as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, was among the more than 10,000 authors who signed an open letter that calls for OpenAI, Meta, Google, as well as other companies, to “obtain consent from, credit, and fairly compensate authors” for utilization in the training of AI models.

Other Group of Authors to Take Legal Action against OpenAI

This as you should know is just the latest group of authors to take legal action against OpenAI over its training data. Back in July, author and comedian Sarah Silverman joined writers Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey in a reported lawsuit that was accusing OpenAI and Meta of copyright infringement. Authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad on the other hand sued OpenAI on similar grounds in the month of June too.

What Authors Want the Court To Rule

Additionally, this most recent lawsuit in question asks the court to prohibit OpenAI from engaging in “unlawful and unfair business practices” while also awarding the estranged authors damages in relation to copyright violations as well as other penalties.  OpenAI has been reached out to with a request for comment but didn’t immediately hear back.



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