17 authors sue OpenAI for copyright infringement21. September 2023
17 authors sue OpenAI for copyright infringement
San Francisco, September 21, 2023
eventeen prominent authors, including Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham and George R.R. Martin, are suing OpenAI for alleged copyright infringement. As in previous lawsuits against the company, the authors allege that OpenAI used their copyrighted works to train its large language models without permission.
• The Authors Guild organized the lawsuit, which also included writers such as David Baldacci, Sylvia Day, Elin Hilderbrand and Jodi Picoult.
• The proposed class action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, alleges that OpenAI engages in systematic theft of copyrighted content on a “massive scale.”
• It is argued that without appropriate licensing, OpenAI could have used public domain works instead of copyrighted material for training.
• The lawsuit includes specific instances of alleged infringement, such as the use of an unauthorized prequel sketch for Martin’s “Game of Thrones.”
• OpenAI has not yet responded to the allegations.