published : 2023-11-30

Authors' Copyright Lawsuit Against OpenAI Over ChatGPT Begins

A copyright infringement lawsuit against OpenAI by a group of fiction writers including Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin began on Wednesday

George R.R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, at a book signing event.

A significant copyright lawsuit has been launched against OpenAI by a group of popular fiction authors. The lawsuit alleges that OpenAI infringed their copyright works by using them to train ChatGPT, a groundbreaking generative AI chatbot.

A group of fiction authors gathering at The Authors Guild for a press conference regarding the copyright lawsuit against OpenAI.

The Authors Guild filed the suit in federal court, seeking class-action status. The case has brought together prominent authors, such as David Baldacci, John Grisham, George R.R. Martin, and Jodi Picoult.

A close-up shot of OpenAI's ChatGPT interface with a user typing a prompt related to copyright infringement and AI.

OpenAI's large language models (LLMs) are at the center of the dispute. The authors claim that these LLMs, used to train ChatGPT, enable anyone to automatically generate texts that they would otherwise pay writers for.

Prominent authors David Baldacci and John Grisham discussing the impact of AI on the publishing industry.

Furthermore, the authors argue that OpenAI's LLMs can produce derivative works that mimic or paraphrase their original content, causing harm to their market.

An AI researcher training large language models to improve generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT.

OpenAI has previously admitted to using copyrighted works to train its AI models but argues that it is protected under fair use. They maintain that their AI systems use original works in a transformative way and that the generated content is different from what it was trained on.

A legal document highlighting fair use in the context of AI and copyright law.

The case raises important questions about the intersection of artificial intelligence and copyright law.

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, giving a keynote speech on the future of AI at a tech conference.

In an unexpected twist, the plaintiffs have notified the court of their intention to amend the complaint and add Microsoft as a defendant. This move comes as a result of recent developments involving Microsoft's relationship with OpenAI.

Lawyers and legal experts engaging in a discussion about the implications of AI and copyright infringement.

While OpenAI and Microsoft experienced corporate turbulence, with OpenAI's CEO being ousted and subsequently rehired, the legal action against both companies is gaining momentum.

A group of protesters holding placards that advocate for stronger copyright protection in the digital age.

A nonfiction author, Julian Sancton, also filed a similar lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft last week. Sancton seeks to mount a class action suit over alleged copyright infringement.

A courtroom scene with a federal judge presiding over the Authors Guild lawsuit against OpenAI.

With these lawsuits unfolding, the outcome will have far-reaching implications for the AI industry and copyright protection.