A group of American writers, including Michael Chabon, who won a Pulitzer Prize, have taken legal action against OpenAI in a federal court in San Francisco.
They claim that OpenAI, which is supported by Microsoft, has used their work without permission to train its chatbot called ChatGPT.
The lawsuit was filed by Chabon, playwright David Henry Hwang, and authors Matthew Klam, Rachel Louise Snyder, and Ayelet Waldman. They argue that OpenAI copied their work to teach ChatGPT.
Chabon’s representatives have directed questions about the lawsuit to the writers’ lawyers. The lawyers and representatives from OpenAI have not yet commented on the matter.
This is not the first time authors have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against OpenAI. Other companies, including Microsoft, Meta Platforms, and Stability AI, have also faced legal action from copyright owners regarding the use of their work in training AI systems.
OpenAI and other companies have argued that using copyrighted material from the internet for AI training is considered fair use.
ChatGPT gained immense popularity earlier this year and became the fastest-growing consumer application ever.
The new lawsuit in San Francisco highlights the importance of works like books, plays, and articles for training ChatGPT, as they are seen as the best examples of high-quality, long-form writing.
They are suing OpenAI for money, but they didn’t specify how much. They also want a court to stop OpenAI from doing illegal and unfair business practices.