Meta, the parent company of Facebook, and OpenAI, creators of ChatGPT, are facing numerous copyright infringement lawsuits from authors and artists.

In recent weeks, Paul Tremblay, Mona Awad, Sarah Silverman, Christopher Golden, and Richard Kadrey have all filed litigation, “accusing the companies of using the authors’ copyrighted books without consent to ‘train’ their artificial intelligence software programs,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

In a June 29 statement, the US-based Authors Guild applauded the filing of this litigation.

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“These are unprecedented times for writers and creators,” the Authors Guild stated. “Many authors are already reporting a loss of writing income from journalism and business writing due to companies using AI instead of human writers. AI-generated materials also hold the potential to flood the markets, and inevitably lower the value of human authored works.”

“Unlike so many copyright cases, there is a lot of agreement on the issue—that AI needs to have some guardrails, even among people who disagree over copyright law,” notes Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer. “


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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