The Authors Guild of America and 17 well-known authors, including Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham, George R.R. Martin and Jodi Picoult, sued artificial intelligence company Open AI, accusing the latter of using their books to train artificial intelligence without permission.

According to the complaint, OpenAI copied many of the plaintiffs’ works without permission or compensation and transferred the copyrighted material into large language models.

“These authors make a living from the works they create. But the defendant’s large language models threaten the writers’ ability to earn a living because LLMs allow anyone to automatically and freely (or very cheaply) create text that they would otherwise pay writers to create,” the complaint said.

The authors added that OpenAI LLMs could result in derivative work that “builds on, imitates, summarizes or paraphrases” their books, potentially harming their market.

The complaint argued that OpenAI could have trained GPT on works in the public domain instead of obtaining copyrighted material without paying a license fee.

Source: The Verge