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OpenAI Pushes Back on ChatGPT Copyright Claims
  #AI firm #OpenAI pushes back on #authors' #copyright claims over #ChatGPT #training. Says fair use allowed small #snippets, didn't just #copy #expression. Argues ChatGPT #outputs not all derivatives. Wants to narrow dispute over training #data usage. In new court filings, artificial intelligence firm OpenAI has disputed allegations by a group of authors that its ChatGPT chatbot infringes on their copyrights. The authors, including Sarah Silverman and others, filed lawsuits earlier this year alleging that ChatGPT was illegally trained on pirated copies of their books. They claimed that OpenAI created unauthorized derivative works based on their books to train ChatGPT's natural language model. However, in motions to dismiss most of the claims, OpenAI argued that its use of any copyrighted materials to create ChatGPT would likely qualify as fair use. The company said that even if small snippets of the authors' works were used, the purpose was to teach ChatGPT the underlying rules of language, not to copy protected expression. OpenAI also contended that the authors' view that every ChatGPT response is a derivative work is legally flawed. It provided examples of short, factual ChatGPT outputs that could not reasonably be considered derivatives. The company said copyright law has exceptions that allow innovations like ChatGPT. Additionally, OpenAI disputed the authors' claims that it violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by intentionally removing copyright management information from training data. It said there was no evidence this occurred and that scraping online data can unintentionally remove such information. Overall, OpenAI aims to dismiss most of the authors' allegations and narrow the dispute to one main question - whether any copyrighted works were impermissibly used in ChatGPT's training. The authors are expected to continue vigorously pursuing their complaints. The high-stakes legal battle could help define the boundaries of copyright law in the age of generative AI. Highlights:
  • - OpenAI filed motions to dismiss most of the authors' copyright claims against ChatGPT.
  • - It argues that any snippets of authors' works used to train ChatGPT's language model would likely qualify as fair use.
  • - OpenAI contends that not every ChatGPT response can reasonably be considered a derivative work of training materials.
  • - The company wants to narrow the dispute to whether any impermissible copyrighted works were used in ChatGPT's training data.
As an editor, I find this legal battle fascinating because it could have major implications for copyright law and AI development. On one hand, models like ChatGPT clearly borrow from vast amounts of copyrighted material, so authors have reason to be concerned. But OpenAI also makes fair arguments about transformative use and the need to utilize some protected works to advance AI. I'm curious to hear perspectives on where the line should be drawn between protecting creators and enabling innovation. What outcome would strike the right balance? Readers, please join the discussion in the comments!