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Game of Thrones author, other writers sue ChatGPT creator



  • OpenAI has not yet provided a comment in response to AFP's request

  • Claim that OpenAI violated their copyrights by using their books to train the ChatGPT chatbot.


Best-selling fiction writers, including George RR Martin, John Grisham, and Jodi Picoult, have filed a class-action lawsuit against OpenAI. They claim that OpenAI violated their copyrights by using their books to train the ChatGPT chatbot. Similar lawsuits have been filed by other artists and coders.


OpenAI has not yet provided a comment in response to AFP's request. The language models created by OpenAI are seen as a threat to fiction writers' livelihoods, as they enable the generation of texts that would typically be paid for. ChatGPT can even produce derivative works that imitate the writing styles of authors.


The complaint argues that it is unjust and ironic that Defendants rely on Plaintiffs' copyrighted works to train their language models, which in turn harm and potentially replace the market for these professional authors' works.

The deliberate copying by Defendants turns Plaintiffs' works into instruments of their own demise. The Authors Guild and writers are seeking a ban on the use of copyrighted books without authorization and are also seeking damages. OpenAI has used various online sources for its chatbot but has not disclosed specific sites or writings. OpenAI has faced multiple complaints, including one from computer engineers who sued Microsoft, its main investor. In January, artists filed a class-action lawsuit against AI models that generate images using online art. Microsoft recently announced legal protection for customers facing copyright infringement claims related to content generated by its AI tools.



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