Famed American comedian and author Sarah Silverman, alongside authors Richard Kadrey and Christopher Golden, have instigated legal proceedings against Meta Platforms’ LLaMa and OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The claim: copyright infringement.
According to the court documents, the plaintiffs have accused Meta and OpenAI of utilizing their copyrighted work as training material for their respective AI systems, without obtaining appropriate permissions.
The lawsuit against Meta alleges that several of the authors’ copyrighted books are present in the dataset that Meta confesses to have used for training LLaMa.
Similarly, the legal action against OpenAI claims that the generation of summaries of the authors’ work by ChatGPT indicates training via copyrighted content.
“While it’s true that the summaries contain inaccuracies, this is to be anticipated as a large language model combines expressive material from various sources. Nevertheless, the majority of the summaries are accurate…”
The ongoing legal battle between the authors and tech giants Meta and OpenAI is a significant development in the realm of copyright law. The outcome could potentially reshape the use of copyrighted material in the AI industry.
As we await further proceedings, one thing is certain – the intersection of copyright law and AI training is a burgeoning field, and we can expect more such cases to arise.