New Copyright Lawsuit Accuses Microsoft And OpenAI Of Stealing Non-Fiction Content To Train GPT Models

The drama surrounding OpenAI and Microsoft seems to be never-ending as both tech giants are now facing a new copyright lawsuit.

Both leading organizations have been blasted for stealing the work belonging to nonfiction authors. The latter claim the content was utilized by them to train their AI models which include the likes of the popular ChatGPT.

The case further goes on to describe how the company went about copying the work found in numerous non-fiction sources without attaining any form of consent before embarking on the unlawful activity.

The figure outlined so far includes tens of thousands just so it could teach its AI chatbots how to better deal with human prompts generated through text. This was confirmed by an editor at Hollywood Reporter who is also an author, going by the name Julian Sancton.

He is the head of this particular legal case that was launched in the federal court of Manhattan recently. Furthermore, this is not something new for both these firms as they’ve been bombarded by a long list of lawsuits brought on by so many others who issued copyright claims against both companies.

This included the likes of so many authors who feel the time has come to speak up and prevent such big tech giants from misusing their content without any kind of acknowledgment or consent provided before carrying out the theft of their ideas and published material.

So far, both companies have responded by denying all the allegations put up against their names. But seeing the lawsuit launched by Sancton was interesting indeed as his complaint was one of the forest to arise against OpenAI which also went on to tag Microsoft as the defendant for the proceeding.

For those who may have forgotten, software giant Microsoft has put out billions in terms of AI investments with OpenAI while also amalgamating its systems into many of its product offerings.

The lawsuit that came about on Tuesday had a rep from OpenAI declining to make any comments on the matter, and using the excuse of pending litigation as the reason for their silence on the controversial subject. Meanwhile, Microsoft has yet to respond to any recent requests on comments like this.

The lawyer for Sancton claims both companies are worth billions but to see them not jet out even a penny to hardworking authors whose non-fiction material they’re using for AI training purposes is just shocking.

He even went on to accuse OpenAI of being a firm that was built on nothing but theft of other’s works.

In particular, Sancton has accused OpenAI of taking data from several of his nonfiction materials. This included books like Madhouse at the End Of The Earth which was used for training its GPT chatbot AI models.

Similarly, he also mentioned in the complaint how software giant Microsoft was also embedded in the training and creation of such models while being subject to copyright infringements too.

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