Top authors in the US have joined together to file a lawsuit against OpenAI – the company behind ChatGPT – and Meta over copyright claims. In the first class action suit filed in San Francisco, authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad claim OpenAI breached copyright law by “training” its AI model on novels without their consent, compensation or credit. Their lawyers have also now filed on behalf of authors Chris Golden and Richard Kadrey and comedian Sarah Silverman in a dual claim against OpenAI and Meta (for their LLaMA model). The second suit claims that the companies trained their large language models on datasets containing the authors’ works without permission. What they are looking for: monetary damages on behalf of all US-based authors. But this is new ground for copyright law and will require transparency from OpenAI and Meta in order to calculate financial detriment to the authors.
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