Comedian Sarah Silverman has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Meta (formerly Facebook), claiming that her copyright has been violated in the training of their AI systems. The lawsuit, which is a class-action case, also includes two other authors as plaintiffs.
The allegations against OpenAI state that the authors' copyrighted materials were used without their consent to train OpenAI's ChatGPT system, which learns human language by analyzing large datasets of text. Meta, on the other hand, is facing a lawsuit regarding its LLaMa AI system, which was initially released to a select group but later leaked online. The authors claim that their books were included in a dataset used to train the LLaMa system.
Legal experts believe that the outcome of both cases will likely depend on whether training a large language model can be considered fair use or not. Matthew Butterick and Joseph Saveri, the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, are already involved in a separate case against OpenAI brought by two authors who claim infringement of their rights.
While some legal experts question whether OpenAI actually copied books, Butterick and Saveri have received concerns from writers, authors, and publishers about ChatGPT's ability to generate text similar to copyrighted materials.
It is worth noting that last year, the same law firm launched two other cases on behalf of programmers and artists who believe their rights were violated by AI systems.