- Julian Sancton has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, accusing them of using nonfiction works without permission to train their AI models, including the ChatGPT service.
- Sancton claims that OpenAI has used tens of thousands of nonfiction books without proper authorization for their language models.
- Microsoft is accused of creating unauthorized copies of authors’ works for AI training.
Author Julian Sancton recently made headlines by taking legal action against tech giants OpenAI and Microsoft. He’s claiming they’ve been using nonfiction works without permission to train their AI models, including the widely known ChatGPT service.
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Sancton’s lawsuit, filed in a New York federal court, accuses OpenAI of utilizing tens of thousands of nonfiction books without proper authorization for their language models. This move echoes similar legal battles initiated by authors like John Grisham and George R.R. Martin, who have accused tech companies of using their work to train AI systems without permission.
The lawsuit brings Microsoft into the spotlight due to alleged involvement in creating unauthorized copies of authors’ works for AI training. Sancton’s claim points to Microsoft’s awareness of OpenAI’s extensive web scraping of copyrighted material.
Sam Altman’s transition from OpenAI to Microsoft also raised eyebrows in the context of this legal tangle. Microsoft’s adoption of OpenAI’s systems in its products hasn’t gone unnoticed, despite several copyright infringement suits against OpenAI.
This lawsuit marks the first time an author has directly sued OpenAI while naming Microsoft as a defendant. Sancton’s legal action specifically mentions his work, “Madhouse at the End of the Earth,” alleging its use in training GPT language models. He seeks unspecified monetary damages from Microsoft, holding them significantly responsible for the model development, along with a court order to stop the alleged infringement.
The integration of OpenAI’s systems into Microsoft’s offerings has been seamless, reflecting the substantial investment Microsoft has made in the AI startup.