OpenAI is being sued for copyright again, one week after the New York Times sued them.
In its case with The New York Times, OpenAI said that copyright owners, like the plaintiffs, should be paid for the use of their work. This led to the lawsuit by writers Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gauge.
A new case for copyright theft has been filed against OpenAI and Microsoft. Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gauge, two nonfiction writers, sued the two companies, saying that they stole their protected works to help the AI system they were working on.
The case was filed on Friday, January 5, in a federal court in Manhattan. It comes a week after The New York Times sued Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright theft, saying that the companies used newspaper content to train AI chatbots.
After OpenAI admitted that copyright owners, like the claimants, should be paid for using their work, the latest lawsuit was filed. The New York Times is claiming “billions of dollars” in damages.
The brief says that the Basbanes and Gauge lawsuit wants up to $150,000 in damages for each copyright violation.
“We respect the rights of content creators and owners and are committed to working with them to make sure they benefit from AI technology and new revenue models,” the New York Times said in a story about its lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft.
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In September, George R.R. Martin, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, George Saunders, and Jonathan Franzen joined a planned class-action lawsuit against OpenAI in New York under the direction of the Authors Guild.
Another author, Julian Sancton, is fighting OpenAI and Microsoft for using the work of a nonfiction author to teach AI models without permission.
A group of people who claim they stole private user information from the internet are also suing the person who created the well-known robot ChatGPT in California. On June 28, 2023, Clarkson Law Firm filed the case in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
The lawsuit says that OpenAI taught ChatGPT with information from millions of blog posts, comments on social media sites, Wikipedia articles, and family recipes, but the users did not give permission for this to happen.