A class action has just been launched against artificial intelligences of the genre, which use the work of writers to train themselves.
The regulations around artificial intelligences like ChatGPT are still unclear and a new major trial could take place soon, following a complaint for copyright infringement, which has just been filed by around twenty major American writers. They accuse the company of illegally copying copyrighted works in order to feed and train their artificial intelligence.
Under the aegis of the Authors Guild union, a professional organization based in New York, a group of 17 writers was formed to try to fight against ChatGPT. We find there in particular the creator of Game Of Thronesthe influential George RR Martinas well as the king of legal thrillers John Grishamor Michael Connelly And Jonathan Franzen.
We have organized a lawsuit against OpenAI for copyright infringement of their works of fiction on behalf of a class of authors whose works have been used to train GPT. Plaintiffs incl John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Victor LaValle, George RR Martin & more.https://t.co/1laaRbRCyC
— The Authors Guild (@AuthorsGuild) September 20, 2023
The complaint filed September 19 in a New York court seeks an injunction preventing OpenAI from continuing to use the authors’ work to form ChatGPT. They are also seeking financial damages.
In response, an OpenAI spokesperson promises that the incriminated company has “productive conversations with many creators around the world, including the Authors Guild. We have worked cooperatively to understand and discuss their concerns about AI. We are optimistic and will continue to find mutually beneficial ways to work together .”
The authors’ union responds that this affair is only the beginning “of a vast battle to defend authors against theft by OpenAI and other generative AI. We do not take this matter lightly. We are here to fight.”
The organization thus reveals in particular a recent attempt by the company, which tried to generate Volumes 6 and 7 of the saga The iron Thronethat George RR Martin can’t finish and which have been waiting in bookstores for years.