Once again, a group of authors, including well-known names like Michael Chabon and David Henry Hwang, have sued the technology giant OpenAI over copyright infringement. Their main grievance is that OpenAI used their copyrighted works in an unauthorized manner to train its GPT large language models.
On the same grounds, Chabon and the group have also filed a similar case against Meta. The lawsuit, which demands for class-action status, emphasizes that it is obvious from ChatGPT’s ability to summarize and analyze content written by these writers that OpenAI used their works in training its GPT large language model.
According to the plaintiffs, ChatGPT’s outputs are fundamentally “derivative” works that violate their copyrights inadvertently. The legal document states that “OpenAI’s acts of copyright infringement have been intentional, willful, and in callous disregard of Plaintiffs’ and Class Members’ rights.”
It’s important to note that Michael Chabon, author of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” was one of the 10,000+ authors who previously signed an open letter requesting tech companies, such as OpenAI, Meta, and Google, to obtain permission and pay authors fairly when using their works for AI training.
This is not the first time that OpenAI has faced such accusations. Sarah Silverman, Christopher Golden, and Richard Kadrey charged OpenAI and Meta with violating their copyright earlier in the year. In July, two authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad sued OpenAI over copyright infringement.