Three authors sued Nvidia, the giant company that makes the chips used to power artificial intelligence, alleging that the company used their copyrighted books without permission to train its NeMo model.

According to Brian Keene, Abdi Nazemian and Stewart O’Nan, their works were part of a dataset of about 196,640 books that helped NeMo simulate normal written language before they were taken down for copyright infringement in October.

In a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, the authors said the removal reflects Nvidia’s admission that it trained NeMo on the dataset and infringed their copyright. They are seeking an unspecified amount in damages to people in the US whose copyrighted works helped train NeMo’s so-called large language models over the past three years.

Among the works covered in the lawsuit are Keene’s 2008 novel Ghost Walk, Nazemian’s 2019 novel Like a Love Story and O’Nan’s 2007 novel Last Night at the Lobster.

Nvidia is touting NeMo as a fast and affordable way to deploy generative AI. The Santa Clara, California-based chip maker’s stock has risen nearly 600% since the end of 2022, giving Nvidia a market value of nearly $2.2 trillion.

Source: Reuters