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More Writers Sue OpenAI for Copyright Infringement Over AI Training

Updated: Jan 8

A group of U.S. authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI in federal court in San Francisco.

Credits: REUTERS

They accuse the Microsoft-backed program of using their writing without permission to train its popular AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT.

The authors, which also include playwright David Henry Hwang and authors Matthew Klam, Rachel Louise Snyder and Ayelet Waldman, claim that OpenAI copied their works to teach ChatGPT how to respond to human text prompts.

This is not the first copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against OpenAI. Several authors have previously sued the company, along with other companies like Microsoft, Meta Platforms and Stability AI, over the use of their work in AI training. OpenAI and other companies argue that AI training falls under fair use, as the material used is scraped from the internet.

ChatGPT has gained immense popularity, becoming the fastest-growing consumer application in history with 100 million monthly active users. The authors argue that their works, such as books, plays and articles, are particularly valuable for ChatGPT's training as they represent high-quality, long-form writing. They claim that their writing was included in ChatGPT's training dataset without their permission and that the system can accurately mimic their styles.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an order to block OpenAI's alleged "unlawful and unfair business practices." OpenAI and the authors' lawyers have not yet responded to requests for comment.

  • A group of authors, including Michael Chabon, has sued OpenAI for copyright infringement.

  • They claim that OpenAI used their writing without permission to train its chatbot, ChatGPT.

  • OpenAI has faced similar lawsuits from other authors and companies.

  • The authors argue that their works are valuable for ChatGPT's training.


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