Helena Lyng Blak
9 weeks ago

Authors sue Nvidia over AI in copyright case

The company is the latest to face legal backlash over AI.
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Nvidia has been sued by three authors, Brian Keene, Abdi Nazemian, and Stewart O'Nan, Reuters reports.

The authors allege that Nvidia used their copyrighted work to train its AI model, ‘NeMo’, as part of a dataset of 196,640 literary works. The dataset was taken down in October, an action the authors interpret as an admission of copyright infringement.

Authors Guild v OpenAI
This proposed class-action lawsuit is the newest in a growing series of lawsuits targeting AI development companies. 

Another proposed class-action lawsuit was filed by the Authors Guild in September 2023. Named plaintiffs include well-known writers such as George R. R. Martin, John Grisham, and Sylvia Day, against OpenAI.

“Generative AI is a vast new field for Silicon Valley’s longstanding exploitation of content providers,” stated author and class representative Jonathan Franzen in a press release in September. “Authors should have the right to decide when their works are used to ‘train’ AI. If they choose to opt in, they should be appropriately compensated.”

In December, the Authors Guild amended the complaint to include OpenAI investor Microsoft as a defendant.

New York Times joins the fight
In December 2023, the New York Times also sued OpenAI and Microsoft for training an AI which, according to the complaint, was built by “copying and using millions of The Times’s copyrighted news articles, in-depth investigations, opinion pieces, reviews, how-to guides, and more.”

In a blog post, OpenAI stated their belief that The New York Times’ lawsuit is “without merit.” Recently, OpenAI and Microsoft both filed motions to dismiss parts of the lawsuit.

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