The ABA Journal

"Several legal novelists, including John Grisham and Scott Turow, are among 17 authors joining with the Authors Guild in a proposed class action lawsuit against the artificial intelligence program OpenAI.

The Sept. 19 suit alleges that OpenAI used copyrighted work to train the chatbot ChatGPT, report Reuters, the Associated Press and the New York Times.

The federal suit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges “systematic theft on a mass scale.” By copying the plaintiffs’ work, OpenAI makes it possible to “spit out derivative works” that mimic those of the authors, turning their work “into engines of their own destruction,” the suit says.

Other suits by authors and content creators have also been filed against OpenAI and other artificial intelligence providers. Comedian Sarah Silverman is a plaintiff in one of the suits.”

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