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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: 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.

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  • (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.

    --
    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
  • (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].