Yet another set of authors has filed a set of class action lawsuits claiming unauthorized use of copyrighted works to train AI systems by OpenAI and Meta.

In the suit brought by Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, Matthew Klam, Rachel Louise Snyder, and Ayelet Waldman, the claims are pretty much identical to those made in previous suits, according to Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly executive editor.

“The plaintiffs claim that OpenAI and Meta have used unauthorized copies of their books, including copies that were allegedly scraped from notorious pirate sites” as part of their training data for AI systems, Albanese explains.

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“They claim the training is illegal because at no point did Plaintiffs authorize or receive payment for their works,” he tells me.

“Like the previous suits, the latest action seeks damages and injunctive relief, and puts forth six causes of action: direct copyright infringement; vicarious copyright infringement; a DMCA violation for the removal of copyright management information; violations of California’s unfair competition law; negligence; and unjust enrichment.”


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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