OpenAI is being sued by authors who claim ChatGPT trained their writing

OpenAI is being sued by authors who claim ChatGPT trained their writing

Two authors have filed a lawsuit against the creator of ChatGPT OpenAI for allegedly using their fictional works to train the chatbot’s AI-powered machine learning, as Reuters reported.

The copyright lawsuit was filed on behalf of science fiction and horror author Paul Tremblay and novelist Mona Awad in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday. Since ChatGPT can provide summaries of their work, it makes sense for these works to be fed into the machine learning models that ChatGPT uses.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, accuses OpenAI of training ChatGPT on works “without consent, without credit, and without compensation” to authors, according to a copy of the filing provided by Reuters.

The filing claims their work likely came from a pair of online book datasets referenced in a 2020 OpenAI paper published introducing GPT-3, the large language model that powers the ChatGPT chatbot. The authors of the lawsuit claim that these datasets likely sourced their material from “shadow library” sites like Library Genesis and Sci-Hub, which use torrent downloads to illegally spread copyrighted works, according to Bloomberg Law.

“These illegal shadow libraries have long been of interest to the AI ​​training community,” the filing claims.

OpenAI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lawsuits and other conflicts related to artificial intelligence

Shortly after the AI ​​tools appeared last year, lawsuits began challenging what the tools were trained to do and how they could be used.

Photo service Getty Images blocked AI-generated images back in September, then in February, sued AI art creator Stable Diffusion for allegedly copying more than 12 million images from its database without permission or compensation.

Separately, three artists sued stable Diffusion, Midjourney, and art hosting site DeviantArt in January for allegedly using their work to train AI models without consent or compensation, claiming that “millions of artists” have been similarly victimized, according to The Verge.

In response, software maker Adobe released Firefly in March, a generative AI toolkit that uses the company’s own library of stock images to create images without fear of illegally copying artists’ work. Adobe is preparing to integrate Firefly into other products in its software suite, such as Photoshop.

Content creators have faced other speed bumps while integrating AI into the modern publishing process. The US Copyright Office has refused copyright protection for AI-created art in a graphic novel, although it has granted it for human-created writing. Short story publications have been filled with AI-generated reports, so much so that popular outlet Clarkesworld has banned anything even partially AI-generated.

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