Sarah Silverman Sues ChatGPT and Meta Over AI's Alleged Use of Copyrighted Material

Comedian Sarah Silverman and Authors Sue OpenAI and Meta

Comedian Sarah Silverman, along with authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey, has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Meta, alleging that their AI models, ChatGPT and LLaMA, were trained on copyrighted material from their books.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern California federal court, claims that ChatGPT and LLaMA were trained on copyrighted works, including literary works from the plaintiffs.

While OpenAI and Meta state that they do not train on copyrighted material, the authors argue that the training data may have come from shadow libraries that include copyrighted books.

In an exhibit from the lawsuit, ChatGPT was asked to recite excerpts from Silverman's book, and it relayed passages from the memoir verbatim.

Silverman, OpenAI, and Meta have not yet commented on the lawsuit, while Golden and Kadrey declined to provide a statement.

Legal History of Lawyers Filing Lawsuits Against AI Companies

The lawyers representing the authors, Joseph Saveri and Matthew Butterick, have a track record of filing lawsuits against companies using AI.

They have received concerns from writers, authors, and publishers about AI's ability to generate text similar to copyrighted materials.

Saveri and Butterick were involved in a similar lawsuit filed by authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad, who made allegations against OpenAI similar to those described by Silverman, Golden, and Kadrey.

The lawsuit highlights the ongoing concern about AI's ability to generate text that may infringe on copyright laws.

Legal action is seen as a way to clarify the limits of copyright in the age of AI.

AI's Ability to Generate Text Raises Copyright Concerns

While AI models like ChatGPT can generate coherent text, the issue arises when they lift pre-existing, often copyrighted, material from other sources.

AI models can take snippets from various sources and combine them to create what appears to be an 'original' piece of writing.

This lawsuit highlights the need to address the limits of copyright in the context of AI-generated content.

As the novelty of AI wears off, concerns about copyright infringement and the need for legal clarity become more prominent.

Lawsuits like this one will play a crucial role in determining the boundaries of copyright in the age of AI.


Kevin Hurler. (July 10, 2023). Not Funny: Sarah Silverman Sues ChatGPT and Meta After AI Allegedly Trained on Her Book.

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