A trade group of American authors has sued OpenAI in federal court Manhattan on behalf of prominent writers, including John Grisham, Jonathan Franzen, George Saunders, Jodi Picoult and the novelist Game of Thrones,George R.R. Martin, accusing the company of illegally training its popular AI-based chatbot, ChatGPT, with his work.
The proposed class action lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the Authors Guild, It joins several others filed by writers, source code owners, and visual artists against generative AI vendors. In addition to OpenAI, there are similar lawsuits pending against Meta Platforms y Stability AI for the data used to train their artificial intelligence systems.
Other authors involved in the latest lawsuit include the writer of The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly, and the lawyer novelists David Baldacci y Scott Turow.
OpenAI representatives did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment on the lawsuit on Wednesday. OpenAI and other AI companies sued have claimed that their use of training data collected from the internet qualifies as fair use under the US copyright law.
Mary Rasenberger, CEO of the Authors Guild said in a statement Wednesday that authors “should have the ability to control whether and how their works are used by generative artificial intelligence” to “preserve our literature.”