A trade group of American authors filed a lawsuit against OpenAI in Manhattan federal court on behalf of prominent authors including John Grisham, Jonathan Franzen, George Saunders, Jodi Picoult and “Game of Thrones” novelist George R.R. Martin. What’s more, the company is accused of illegally training its popular artificial intelligence. -Intelligence based chatbot Chat GPT on their work.
The proposed class action lawsuit filed late Tuesday by the Authors Guild joins AI providers originating from authors, source code owners and visual artists. In addition to Microsoft-backed OpenAI, there are similar lawsuits pending against MetaPlatforms and Stability AI over the data used to train their AI systems.
Other authors involved in the latest lawsuit include “The Lincoln Lawyer” author Michael Connelly and lawyer novelists David Baldacci and Scott Turow.
OpenAI and other AI defendants have argued that their use of training data scrapped from the Internet qualifies as fair use under US copyright law.
An OpenAI spokesperson said Wednesday that the company respects the rights of authors and is “in productive dialogue with many creators around the world, including the Authors Guild.”
Authors Guild CEO Mary Rosenberger said in a statement Wednesday that authors should have the ability to “control whether their works are used by generative AI” to “keep our literature safe.” “.
The Authors Guild’s lawsuit claims that the datasets used to train OpenAI’s large language model to respond to human gestures included the text of books by authors who may have been “illegal online.” “Pirates” may have been taken from book collections.
ChatGPT produced accurate summaries of authors’ books when indicated, indicating that their text was included in its database, the complaint said.
He also cited growing concerns that authors could be replaced by systems like ChatGPT that “produce low-quality ebooks, impersonate authors and displace human-authored books.” “