Alright, check this out. There’s some crazy stuff going down in Manhattan federal court. A group of 11 nonfiction authors is taking on OpenAI and Microsoft, accusing them of using their books to train the models behind OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT and other AI-based software. These writers, including big shots like Pulitzer Prize winners Taylor Branch and Stacy Schiff, are saying that the companies straight up infringed their copyrights. And here’s the kicker – OpenAI and Microsoft are accused of “scraping” the authors’ works from the internet without permission to teach their GPT models. It’s wild.
This lawsuit, filed last month by writer and Hollywood Reporter editor Julian Sancton, is one of several brought by copyright owners like John Grisham and George R.R. Martin against tech companies for alleged misuse of their work in AI training. And get this – this is the first author lawsuit against OpenAI to also name Microsoft as a defendant. The tech giant has invested billions in the AI startup and integrated their systems into its products.
These authors are asking for some serious cash and an order for the companies to stop infringing their copyrights. It’s a big deal, and the companies have denied the allegations. We’ll have to see how this one shakes out. But it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.