(ORDO NEWS) — The excitement in the literary world continues as the Authors Guild and 17 prominent writers, including Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham, George R.R. Martin and Jodi Picoult, filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York court accusing OpenAI of copyright infringement. The lawsuit, which hopes to be classified as a class action, is the latest in a series of lawsuits targeting generative artificial intelligence companies.
According to the complaint, OpenAI took actions that the authors consider a violation of their copyright. In particular, the company used the authors’ works without their permission to train its large-scale language models.
“Authors’ earnings depend on the works they create. But OpenAI’s large language models threaten the ability of science fiction writers to make a living by allowing anyone to create—automatically and freely (or very cheaply)—text that they would otherwise pay writers to create,” the lawsuit states.
In addition, the authors expressed concern about the possibility of creating derivative works that may be related to their works. OpenAI, according to the plaintiffs, could, instead of using copyrighted materials, train its models on works in the public domain, thus avoiding copyright infringement.
This case is not the first in a series of lawsuits against OpenAI. Previously, writer Michael Chabon and other authors also accused the company of using their books to teach AI. Sarah Silverman, Christopher Golden, Richard Kadri, Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad also filed similar complaints.
It is worth noting that not only OpenAI, but also other companies working in the field of generative artificial intelligence are facing similar lawsuits. Even Microsoft, which funds OpenAI, has said it will provide legal protection for commercial users of its Copilot AI service if they are sued for copyright infringement.
As the situation continues to evolve, this case could have a major impact on the future use of artificial intelligence for learning from literary works. The issue of the balance between innovation in the field of AI and copyright protection remains relevant and requires serious discussion in society and the courts.
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