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posted by requerdanos on Wednesday July 12 2023, @09:02AM   Printer-friendly
from the regurgitation dept.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/07/book-authors-sue-openai-and-meta-over-text-used-to-train-ai/

On Friday, the Joseph Saveri Law Firm filed US federal class-action lawsuits on behalf of Sarah Silverman and other authors against OpenAI and Meta, accusing the companies of illegally using copyrighted material to train AI language models such as ChatGPT and LLaMA.

Other authors represented include Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey, and an earlier class-action lawsuit filed by the same firm on June 28 included authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad. Each lawsuit alleges violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, unfair competition laws, and negligence.

[...] Authors claim that by utilizing "flagrantly illegal" data sets, OpenAI allegedly infringed copyrights of Silverman's book The Bedwetter, Golden's Ararat, and Kadrey's Sandman Slime. And Meta allegedly infringed copyrights of the same three books, as well as "several" other titles from Golden and Kadrey.

[...] Authors are already upset that companies seem to be unfairly profiting off their copyrighted materials, and the Meta lawsuit noted that any unfair profits currently gained could further balloon, as "Meta plans to make the next version of LLaMA commercially available." In addition to other damages, the authors are asking for restitution of alleged profits lost.

"Much of the material in the training datasets used by OpenAI and Meta comes from copyrighted works—including books written by plain­tiffs—that were copied by OpenAI and Meta without consent, without credit, and without compensation," Saveri and Butterick wrote in their press release.


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Mojibake Tengu on Wednesday July 12 2023, @02:26PM (10 children)

    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @02:26PM (#1315695) Journal

    But one day this will happen to movies.

    Illegal or not, there will become one big pile of compressed data where all the movies will be stuffed learned in, and you'll ask the AI to synthesize 120 episodes of any stupidity you can imagine and talk out of that.

    The End for all Hollywood.

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by looorg on Wednesday July 12 2023, @02:51PM

    by looorg (578) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @02:51PM (#1315698)

    In some part I look forward to that day so that I can get more episodes of Firefly etc. All the good shows that was cancelled season 1 or early due to them not having massmarket appeal with the dummies.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by pTamok on Wednesday July 12 2023, @03:31PM (5 children)

    by pTamok (3042) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @03:31PM (#1315707)

    Hey! Extra episodes of Fawlty Towers - what's not to like!

    (No, I'm not serious.)

    I'm sure I'll get to appreciate Beethoven's 23rd Symphony, Michaelangelo's Putin, da Vinci's Eiffel Tower, and Welles' sequel to Citizen Kane, and I'm looking forward to Shakespeare's next play. The outpouring of inspired cultural works is going to be incredible.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Wednesday July 12 2023, @04:17PM

      by Freeman (732) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @04:17PM (#1315719) Journal

      One might say that part of the inspirational aspect of those, is the fact that a person had reasons, motivations, and thought go into the creation of those works. AI output is regurgitated content.

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    • (Score: 4, Funny) by istartedi on Wednesday July 12 2023, @08:19PM (2 children)

      by istartedi (123) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @08:19PM (#1315764) Journal

      Sequel to Citizen Kane

      Trailer: Rosebud's back, and this time it's personal.

      Frightened man on bus: "How... how is this possible? It's destroying the city!"

      Woman with haunted look in her eyes: It's an advanced mega-sled. Liquid metal. Extra flexible flyer. It came back... for me.

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      • (Score: 2) by The Vocal Minority on Thursday July 13 2023, @04:05AM (1 child)

        by The Vocal Minority (2765) on Thursday July 13 2023, @04:05AM (#1315864) Journal

        Woman with haunted look in her eyes, three arms, and six fingers on each hand: It's an advanced mega-sled. Liquid metal. Extra flexible flyer. It came back... for me.

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by istartedi on Thursday July 13 2023, @04:05PM

          by istartedi (123) on Thursday July 13 2023, @04:05PM (#1315926) Journal

          I can just picture her mouth warping as she tries to eat pizza.

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    • (Score: 2) by KritonK on Thursday July 13 2023, @07:38AM

      by KritonK (465) on Thursday July 13 2023, @07:38AM (#1315891)

      Hey! Extra episodes of Fawlty Towers - what's not to like!

      (No, I'm not serious.)

      You may not be, but other people are [variety.com].

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 12 2023, @08:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 12 2023, @08:01PM (#1315760)

    It seems like it's already happening with the writer's strike and it being Summer when a lot of stuff gets re-run anyway. Realty TV is just game shows, and the old networks are not even hiding it any more--they're even running traditional game shows in prime time now which is the next best thing to just giving up. I think an AI could easily generate even Jeopardy! questions, and Wheel of Fortune no problem. If the talent (hosts) don't join the writers, then those shows march on; but reality TV is an even better strike-breaking tool because you don't need real talent, just contestants and a camera crew. The contestants usually have no hope of getting a SAG card anyway, and scab camera crews aren't that hard to scare up and/or they'll just never put it on their resume. The sad thing is, people actually watch that shit so it makes money, lots of money because you don't have to negotiate with real talent that people like--no Lenos or Lettermans in that space, just nobodies who think they're somebody.

  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Thursday July 13 2023, @01:13AM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Thursday July 13 2023, @01:13AM (#1315826) Homepage Journal

    There's a writer's strike about that, and it looks like the actors will strike, too.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by MonkeypoxBugChaser on Friday July 14 2023, @09:17PM

    by MonkeypoxBugChaser (17904) on Friday July 14 2023, @09:17PM (#1316134) Homepage Journal

    I haven't watched a single piece of hollywood media in over a year. I don't even want it for free. Waste of space on my hard drive.

    The actors can go ahead and strike. I won't miss them. AI generated text is better than their professionally written "stories".