17 authors sue OpenAI for 'systematic mass-scale copyright infringement'

Occurred: September 2023

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17 authors, including John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, and George R.R. Martin, sued OpenAI for using their copyright without permission to train its large language models. 

Organised by the Authors Guild, the suit accused OpenAI of 'systematic theft on a mass scale,' and alleged 'flagrant and harmful infringements of plaintiffs’ registered copyrights'. It also labelled ChatGPT a 'massive commercial enterprise' that is reliant upon 'systematic theft on a mass scale.' 

It also claimed that OpenAI's LLMs 'endanger fiction writers’ ability to make a living, in that the LLMs allow anyone to generate - automatically and freely (or very cheaply) - texts that they would otherwise pay writers to create'.


Operator: Victor LaValle, John Grisham, Scott Turow, David Baldacci, Authors Guild, Rachel Vail, George Saunders, Jodi Picoult, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Bly, Christina Baker Kline, George R.R. Martin, Douglas Preston, Roxana Robinson, Elin Hilderbrand, Michael Connelly, Maya Shanbhag Lang, Sylvia Day
Developer: OpenAI
Country: USA
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Generate text
Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning
Issue: Copyright; Employment
Transparency: Governance