In a California federal court, a group of authors, including Sarah Silverman (yeah, that Sarah Silverman), are taking on OpenAI, the folks behind ChatGPT. These writers are not buying OpenAI’s defense, which claims that their copyrights weren’t violated and that parts of the case should be thrown out.
According to the authors, OpenAI violated U.S. law by copying their works in order to train an AI system that could potentially replace their very own writings. They’re claiming that OpenAI is trying to rewrite copyright law in their favor, and that ain’t cool.
Now, OpenAI hasn’t responded to requests for comment on these claims, but the authors’ lawyer, Joseph Saveri, seems pretty confident about their case. He’s saying that their claims will stand strong.
This isn’t the first time tech companies and copyright owners have been at odds. OpenAI, Meta Platforms, and Stability AI have all been slapped with lawsuits recently for using copyrighted work in training their AI software. It’s becoming quite the trend in the tech world.
OpenAI did try to get parts of the lawsuits against them dismissed, arguing that the text ChatGPT generates doesn’t violate the authors’ rights. But the writers are standing their ground, saying that the language model and its creations are derivative works of their books, and OpenAI is straight-up copying their stuff.
The writers also went on to say that OpenAI’s argument that ChatGPT’s output isn’t similar enough to their work is completely off the mark. They’re sticking to their guns, claiming that OpenAI directly copied their work.
And get this, the writers believe that OpenAI is gonna try and argue that they made fair use of their work under copyright law. But the authors ain’t buying it. They say that OpenAI’s interpretation of fair use doesn’t align with established precedents and would basically mess up the whole copyright system. Not cool, OpenAI, not cool.
So, the battle continues. The cases are Tremblay v. OpenAI Inc and Silverman v. OpenAI Inc, and the authors have Joseph Saveri and Matthew Butterick in their corner. OpenAI, on the other hand, has Joe Gratz and Andy Gass representing them.
It’s a showdown, folks. We’ll see how this all pans out.