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Novelists Sue OpenAI for Copyright Infringement Over Books Used as Training Data

A number of visual artists are suing for using their images as training data for text-to-image generators. Now, two well-known novelists have filed a class action lawsuit against OpenAI, accusing the company behind ChatGPT and Bing Chat of copyright infringement for using their books as training data. This appears to be the first lawsuit filed over the use of text (rather than images or code) used as training data.

in the lawsuit In the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, plaintiffs Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad allege that OpenAI and its subsidiaries have committed copyright infringement, violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and also violated California law. and also violated common law restrictions on unfair competition. The authors are represented by Joseph Saveri Law Firm and Matthew Butterick. This team is the same team behind the recent lawsuits filed against Diffusion AI and GitHub (over GitHub’s co-pilot).

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