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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: 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.