Writers including John Grisham and George RR Martin are suing OpenAI over ChatGPT.
The lawsuit was filed late on Tuesday, September 19, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Authors’ Guild, including celebrities such as George RR Martin, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Franzen and George Saunders (17 authors in total), claim that OpenAI has infringed the copyright of their works and is carrying out “systematic theft on a massive scale “.
The authors believe that OpenAI introduced their books to large language models that were designed to generate text responses to user prompts and queries. For example, ChatGPT can quote detailed summaries of Grisham’s books, including “The Chamber,” “The Client,” and “The Company.” Writers say they should have the right to decide whether their books are used to train artificial intelligence.
OpenAI responds to the writers’ lawsuit
OpenAI itself has already responded to the lawsuit. “We respect the rights of writers and authors and believe they should benefit from artificial intelligence technologies,” we read. “We are in productive conversations with many creators around the world, including the Authors Guild, and are working together to understand and discuss their concerns about AI. “We are optimistic that we will continue to find mutually beneficial ways to collaborate to help people benefit from emerging technologies in a rich content ecosystem,” the company said.
The authors are demanding a ban on the use of their works and compensation in an undisclosed amount.