OpenAI, led by Sam Altman, and Microsoft are facing a new class-action lawsuit filed by book authors. The authors claim that their copyrighted works were used without permission to develop a profitable artificial intelligence system. Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gage, two non-fiction authors, filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, alleging that OpenAI and Microsoft unlawfully used their intellectual property.
The authors accuse both companies of stealing their copyrighted works, describing them as no different than any other thief. The lawsuit seeks damages of up to $150,000 for each infringed work. It claims that OpenAI’s system relies on training with massive amounts of written material, including books authored by Basbanes and Gage.
As of now, neither Microsoft nor OpenAI has provided a statement or comment on the matter.
This lawsuit comes in addition to legal challenges faced by OpenAI, including a lawsuit by the Authors’ Guild and prominent authors like Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham, George R.R. Martin, and Jodi Picoult. Other authors, including Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, Rachel Louise Snyder, and Ayelet Waldman, have also filed a separate lawsuit over copyright content.
Furthermore, OpenAI and Microsoft are engaged in a legal battle with The New York Times.