George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham and Jodi Picault are among the signatories, along with the Authors Guild, of a lawsuit against OpenAI. According to them, the developer of the famous ChatGPT chatbot, would use their works to train artificial intelligence algorithms, without any permission. The fear of the association and a total of 17 established authors is that generative AI tools could create long texts inspired by established works, without any defense of copyright. "The livelihoods of these authors derive from the works they create. But LLMs (large language models) put at risk the ability of storytellers to make a living, as they allow anyone to generate – automatically and for free (or cheaply) – texts that publishers would otherwise pay writers.
The situation is similar to what happened with Hollywood actors, who are worried about a possible indiscriminate use of their image for the generation of digital versions by AI. This is just another lawsuit filed against OpenAI. Michael Chabon, author of 'The Extraordinary Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,' recently sued the company for the same reason in early September, as did comedian Sarah Silverman and authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey who filed lawsuits against OpenAI and Meta.
The latest OpenAI computer model, Dall-E 3, is able not only to create images starting from a few textual indications but also to graphically represent entire stories and fairy tales, illustrating a written story.
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