Microsoft, OpenAI face another copyright infringement lawsuit from nonfiction authors

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Nonfiction authors Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gage have filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft and OpenAI, alleging copyright infringement. The lawsuit claims the defendants used the authors’ copyrighted works to develop a billion-dollar AI system. This follows a similar suit by The New York Times against Microsoft and OpenAI, creators of the AI chatbot ChatGPT.

Key Points from the Lawsuit:

  • Alleged Infringement:The authors assert that their works were used without permission to train large language models, including ChatGPT.
  • Class Action Claim: Basbanes and Gage seek to represent a class of authors whose works have been similarly used by the defendants.
  • Damages Sought: The lawsuit demands up to $150,000 in damages for each infringed work.
  • Broader Implications: This case joins a growing list of legal challenges to AI developers over the use of copyrighted material in training AI models.

OpenAI is reportedly trying to negotiate with a number of publishers, perhaps hoping to avoid further lawsuits.

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