In recent news, there’s a group of talented writers who are taking legal action against OpenAI. These writers, who include the likes of Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, Rachel Louise Snyder, and Ayelet Waldman, allege that OpenAI illegally used their works to train its AI ChatGPT chatbot. Talk about a twist, right?
These writers are not happy campers, folks. They claim that OpenAI is benefiting and making moolah from the “unauthorized and illegal use” of their copyrighted content. And they’re not holding back. They want to turn this lawsuit into a class-action extravaganza. They’re specifically pointing fingers at ChatGPT’s ability to summarize and analyze their precious words, arguing that such capability could only exist if OpenAI trained its GPT language model using their works. They’re not just calling it a day there, though. They’re even throwing around words like “derivative” works that infringe on their copyrights. Damn!
Now let’s talk about Michael Chabon, a big-time author who penned gems like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. He’s like the heavyweight champion leading the charge here. He was one of more than 10,000 authors who stood up to OpenAI, Meta, Google, and other big players in an open letter. They demanded that these companies show some respect by obtaining consent, giving credit, and fairly compensating authors when using their work to train AI models. Can’t say I blame ’em.
But wait, there’s more. This lawsuit also seeks to put an end to OpenAI’s “unlawful and unfair business practices.” They’re not looking for a slap on the wrist either. They want OpenAI to pay up damages related to copyright violations and face other penalties. It’s like they’re saying, “You best believe we’re serious!” I reached out to OpenAI for their side of the story, but no response yet. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. Stay tuned, people!