(CTN News) – OpenAI, a leading artificial intelligence research lab, and its financial backer, Microsoft, are currently facing a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court.
The legal action has been initiated by two nonfiction authors, Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gage, who claim that their work was unlawfully utilized by the companies to train various AI models, including ChatGPT and other AI-based services.
Basbanes and Gage argue that their copyrights were violated when their books were incorporated into the data used to train OpenAI’s GPT large language model.
They contend that their intellectual property rights were infringed upon, as their works were used without proper authorization or compensation. As of now, Microsoft and OpenAI have not yet responded to the complaint, leaving the outcome of the lawsuit uncertain.
This lawsuit is part of a growing trend where writers, both fiction and nonfiction, have accused technology companies of utilizing their work to train AI programs.
The unauthorized use of copyrighted material has become a contentious issue, as companies increasingly rely on vast amounts of data to train their AI models.
Just recently, The New York Times also filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging the unauthorized use of its journalists’ work.
Both Basbanes and Gage, who have backgrounds in journalism, are seeking compensation for the unauthorized use of their works. They believe that their contributions have played a significant role in the development of a billion-dollar-plus industry.
This legal action highlights the need for clearer guidelines and OpenAI regulations regarding the use of copyrighted material in training AI models, as well as the importance of protecting the rights of content creators in the digital age.