The author of Game of Thrones sues OpenAI, which owns ChatGPT.

Martin is known for his fantasy story A Song of Ice and Fire, which was turned into the HBO show Game of Thrones.

ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) “learn” by looking at a huge amount of data, which they often get from the Internet.

The lawsuit says that the authors’ books were used to make ChatGPT smarter without their approval.

OpenAI said that it respected authors’ rights and thought that “they should benefit from AI technology.”

In the complaint, other well-known writers like Jonathan Franzen, Jodi Picoult, and George Saunders are also named.

The case is in federal court in Manhattan, New York. It was brought there by the Authors Guild, a business group in the US that is working for the named authors.

In the statement, it said that OpenAI “systematically stole from a large number of people.”

It comes after Sarah Silverman, a comedian, took a similar court action in July. Also in July, authors Margaret Atwood and Philip Pullman signed an open letter asking AI companies to pay them for using their work.

A representative for OpenAI said, “We’re having productive conversations with many creators around the world, including the Authors Guild, and we’ve been working together to understand and talk about their concerns about AI.”

“We’re hopeful that we’ll keep finding ways to work together that are good for both sides.”

“Replacing humans” with AI
The case says that the LLM was given information from copy-protected books without the authors’ approval, in part because it could give accurate summaries of those books.

The lawsuit also brought up a bigger worry in the media business, which is that this kind of technology is “displacing” content that was written by people.

Patrick Goold, a law professor at City University, told BBC News that he understood why the writers were suing, but he didn’t think they would win. He said that they would first have to show that ChatGPT had copied and duplicated their work.

“They’re not really worried about copyright. They’re worried that AI will take away their jobs,” he said, comparing the fears to the ones that screenwriters are fighting in Hollywood right now.

“When we talk about AI replacing human labor with technology and robots, this is not something that copyright should fix.

“What we need to do is go to Parliament and Congress and talk about how AI is going to replace the creative arts and what we need to do about that in the future.”

This case is the latest in a long line of complaints against makers of so-called “generative AI,” which is AI that can make media based on text prompts.

It comes after digital artists sued text-to-image generators Stability AI and Midjourney in January, saying that they can only work if they are taught on copyrighted artwork.

OpenAI, Microsoft, and the programming site GitHub are also being sued by a group of computer experts who say that their code was used without their permission to train an AI called Copilot.

None of these court cases have been settled yet.

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