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

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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 12 2023, @03:53PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 12 2023, @03:53PM (#1315711)

    There's been a trend over the last couple decades of adding Techno Sauce (TM) to avoid laws and/or torts.

    Uber -- "ride sharing" == Taxi licensing violation.
    AirBnB -- "home sharing" == Short term occupancy code violation
    YouTube -- "user generated videos" == massive opportunity for copyright violations, rights holders play whack-a-mole

    I've referred to Uber in particular as an "Exchange-Traded Criminal Syndicate", but ETCS doesn't have much a ring to it, and a lot of these companies are private anyway.

    The message is clear though. There's a model here.

    1. Pick an illegal or tort act.
    2. Sprinkle "app" on it.
    3. Profit! (enough to defend against suits and/or buy legislators)

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  • (Score: 1) by dwilson98052 on Wednesday July 12 2023, @04:07PM

    by dwilson98052 (17613) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @04:07PM (#1315716)

    1. Collect underpants
    2. ?
    3. Profit

  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Wednesday July 12 2023, @05:09PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday July 12 2023, @05:09PM (#1315729)

    No, that's called "disrupting the market" you see.

    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.