Sarah Silverman sues OpenAI for violating copyright

Occurred: July 2023

US comedian Sarah Silverman and two authors sued ChatGPT maker OpenAI and technology company Meta for allegedly infringing their copyright to train the companies' AI systems. 

The class-action case stated that copyrighted materials belonging to Silverman, Christopher Golden, and Richard Kadrey, 'were ingested and used to train ChatGPT' by OpenAI without their permission. 

The authors also claimed that 'many' of their books appeared in the Books3 dataset, which was used to train Meta's open-source LLaMA group of AI models in what the suit described as a 'flagrantly illegal' manner. 

The proposed class action asked for financial damages and 'permanent injunctive relief'. 

Lawyers are divided over whether the use of copyrighted books to train AI models constitutes legal 'fair use' under US law.

➖ June 2023. The lawyers representing Silverman filed a separate class-action lawsuit against OpenAI claiming ChatGPT was trained on their work without the writers’ consent

➕ January 2024. Meta admitted that “portions of Books3” were used to train its LLaMA AI model before its public release.

Operator: Sarah Silverman, Christopher Golden, Richard Kadrey
Developer: Meta; 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
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: December 2023
Last updated: June 2024