A group of prominent American authors, including Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham, George RR Martin, and Jodi Picoult, have filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, alleging copyright infringement by using their work to train ChatGPT. I woke up.
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The Authors Guild filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that OpenAI engaged in large-scale reproduction of the plaintiffs’ copyrighted works without obtaining permission or providing any form of compensation. OpenAI then inputs the copyrighted work into a “large language model” (LLM), an algorithm designed to generate human language-like text responses to prompts and queries from users. We proceeded with the work.
The proposed class action lawsuit is part of a series of lawsuits brought against companies responsible for popular generative artificial intelligence tools such as large-scale language models and image generation models. In July, two authors filed a similar lawsuit against OpenAI, alleging that their books were used fraudulently to train the company’s chatbots.
In February, Getty Images filed a lawsuit against Stability AI, alleging that the company, which created a viral text-to-image generator, illegally copied 12 million Getty images for training purposes. Additionally, in January, Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt faced a class action lawsuit regarding copyright infringement claims related to their company’s AI image generator.
Another proposed class action lawsuit filed in November involves Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI. The lawsuit alleges that these companies scraped licensed code to train code generators. A number of other lawsuits related to generative AI are currently underway.
The Authors Guild’s filing emphasizes that these algorithms are central to Defendants’ extensive commercial operations and that there is systematic and widespread theft within these algorithms.
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