A new chapter in the legal saga unfolds as a group of accomplished writers, including Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, Rachel Louise Snyder, and Ayelet Waldman, takes on OpenAI in a lawsuit. Their claim? OpenAI allegedly employed their literary creations without proper authorization to train its AI superstar, ChatGPT.
In this literary showdown, the writers are not only seeking justice for themselves but also aiming to represent a larger group of affected creators in a class-action lawsuit. They assert that ChatGPT’s remarkable knack for summarizing and analyzing their works could only be possible if OpenAI had indeed used their writings in training its GPT model. Moreover, they argue that the outcomes generated by ChatGPT can be viewed as “derivative” works that encroach upon their copyrights.
Notably, Michael Chabon, known for his literary gems such as “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” was among the many authors who signed an open letter earlier, demanding companies like OpenAI, Meta, and Google to seek consent, give credit, and provide fair compensation to authors when using their creations in AI model training.
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This legal battle is not OpenAI’s first rodeo in terms of copyright disputes. Earlier this year, author and comedian Sarah Silverman teamed up with writers Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey in a lawsuit accusing OpenAI and Meta of copyright infringement. Authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad had also sued OpenAI on similar grounds in a previous case.
The latest lawsuit doesn’t just stop at demanding justice. It also calls for the court to intervene and halt what it deems as “unlawful and unfair business practices” by OpenAI. The authors are seeking compensation for damages stemming from copyright infringements, alongside other penalties.
As this gripping narrative unfolds in the courtroom, the outcome will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for the use of copyrighted content in the development of AI models, leaving both the literary and tech worlds watching closely.