George R.R. Martin, along with 16 other authors, has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI for copyright infringement. The lawsuit concerns OpenAI’s use of the authors’ works to train their AI model ChatGPT without either permission or compensation.
On September 20, 2023, the American writer’s organization Authors Guild, along with a group of 17 authors, publicly announced a lawsuit against the AI company OpenAI. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District Court of New York, accuses OpenAI of copying and using the authors’ works to develop and train their AI model, ChatGPT, without their consent.
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence that can answer questions and uses existing text material for learning. It was first released in November 2022.
Among the authors are George R.R. Martin, John Grisham, Jonathan Franzen, and Mary Bly, among others.
“Defendants’ decision to copy authors’ works, done without offering any choices or providing any compensation, threatens the role and livelihood of writers as a whole”, writes the authors’ lawyer Rachel Geman in a statement.
Furthermore, it is written that ChatGPT is used to generate books that imitate the authors’ work, where they point out attempts to create volumes six and seven of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series Song of Ice and Fire. There have also been numerous AI-generated books that try to give the impression of having been written by human authors, which are sold on platforms like Amazon.
OpenAI has not yet commented on the lawsuit.