Lawsuits Against OpenAI and Meta for Copyright Infringement

– Comedian Sarah Silverman, along with authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey, is suing OpenAI and Meta in a US District Court for copyright infringement.

– The lawsuits claim that OpenAI's ChatGPT and Meta's LLaMA were trained on datasets containing their copyrighted works, which were obtained from illegal "shadow library" websites such as Bibliotik, Library Genesis, and Z-Library.

– The authors allege that their books were used without their consent and were accessible in the datasets used to train the AI models.

– Exhibits provided in the OpenAI lawsuit demonstrate that ChatGPT can summarize their books, violating their copyrights by not reproducing any copyright management information included in the original works.

– The separate lawsuit against Meta argues that the datasets used to train LLaMA models, including ThePile, were assembled fromthe contents of the Bibliotik private tracker, which is deemed illegal.

– Both lawsuits contain six counts of copyright violations, negligence, unjust enrichment, and unfair competition. The authors seek statutory damages, restitution of profits, and more.

– Lawyers Joseph Saveri and Matthew Butterick represent the authors and have received concerns from writers, authors, and publishers regarding ChatGPT's ability to generate text similar to copyrighted materials.

– The lawsuits challenge the boundaries of copyright law and are likely to have long-lasting implications for AI companies.

– Similar litigation against AI companies has been initiated by Joseph Saveri, including a case involving Getty Images and Stability AI. 

– The Verge reached out to Meta, OpenAI, and the Joseph Saveri Law Firm for comment, but no response was received at the time of press.

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