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Updated July 15, 2023:

Google has to go to court, too

Google, Deepmind, and Alphabet are in the dock alongside Meta and OpenAI: Google faces a total of ten allegations in a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court by eight anonymous individuals, including two minors. The main allegation is that Google stole massive amounts of personal information to train its Bard chatbot.

The lawsuit accuses the tech company of violating U.S. federal and state laws, including the DMCA and California's Unfair Competition Law. In addition, it claims that Google's recent update to its privacy policy confirmed the company's use of public data to train its AI models.

It has very recently come to light that Google has been secretly stealing everything ever created and shared on the internet by hundreds of millions of Americans. Google has taken all our personal and professional information, our creative and copywritten works, our photographs, and even our emails—virtually the entirety of our digital footprint—and is using it to build commercial Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) Products like “Bard,” the chatbot Google recently released to compete with OpenAI’s “ChatGPT.” For years, Google harvested this data in secret, without notice or consent from anyone.

Class Action Complaint

OpenAI is also under scrutiny by the FTC, primarily for ChatGPT hallucinating wrong and harmful stories about individuals.


Updated July 10, 2023:

Authors sue Meta and OpenAI for possible AI copyright infringement

Behind the lawsuits are Joseph Saveri and Matthew Butterick, the legal team already suing Github Copilot and Stable Diffusion for copyright infringement. The lawyers leave no doubt that they consider the unsolicited use of code and images from the Internet for AI training to be theft.

They are now applying this logic to authors whose texts were part of the training material: "Since the March 2023 release of OpenAI's ChatGPT system, we have heard from writers, authors, and publishers concerned about the system's uncanny ability to generate texts similar to those in copyrighted textual material, including thousands of books."

Saveri and Butterick are representing authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Award in a lawsuit against OpenAI (see below), alleging that ChatGPT, GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 "remix" the works of thousands of book authors without consent, payment or reference.

The attorneys are also representing comedian Sarah Silverman, Chris Golden and Richard Kadrey in a second class action lawsuit against OpenAI over the same issue. The three authors are having Saveri and Butterick file another class action against Meta, whose LLaMA language model was also trained with copyrighted books.


LLaMA has provided the technical basis for numerous open-source models, some of which are marketed commercially. Meta plans to make LLaMA v2 the center of open source development as well.

Original article, July 5, 2023:

OpenAI faces two U.S. class action lawsuits for web scraping and copyright infringement

OpenAI is facing lawsuits over web scraping and copyright infringement. One class action lawsuit accuses the AI company of misusing personal data on an unprecedented scale. Another lawsuit alleges that ChatGPT was trained on copyrighted books without the authors' consent.

OpenAI's ChatGPT and DALL-E AI programs were trained on "stolen private information" from millions of Internet users, including children, without their consent, the lawsuits filed in federal court in San Francisco say. OpenAI is also accused of secretly violating terms of service and federal and state privacy and property laws. Among the defendants is Microsoft, one of OpenAI's major investors.

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  • Behind the class action lawsuits against OpenAI and Meta are lawyers Saveri and Butterick, who have already sued other AI companies. They consider training AI with Internet content, including copyrighted texts, without their consent to be theft.
  • They represent authors whose works were used to train OpenAI's ChatGPT, GPT-3.5, and GPT-4 and Meta's LLaMA language model without their consent.
  • OpenAI also faces allegations of web scraping, misuse of personal data, and violation of privacy and copyright laws. Microsoft, one of OpenAI's main investors, is also concerned.
Online journalist Matthias is the co-founder and publisher of THE DECODER. He believes that artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the relationship between humans and computers.
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