"Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin and others are suing OpenAI and ChatGPT

George R. R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, the specialist in crime novels Michael Connelly or John Grisham, known for his legal thrillers, are among the 17 writers who launched this week in New York a lawsuit against OpenAI. They accuse the creator of the ChatGPT chatbot of infringing their copyright by training his artificial intelligence and language model with their works.

George R. R. Martin, the author of "Game of Thrones", on April 3, 2019 in New York on the occasion of the release of the final season of the series inspired by his work. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP - Evan Agostini

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George R. R. Martin has still not finished writing the saga that inspired the series Game of Thrones. But that's no reason for artificial intelligence (AI) not to do it for it. Along with 16 other authors, the American writer accuses OpenAI of downloading digital versions of their books without their permission to feed ChatGPT's algorithms, which can then analyze the imported data.

The proof according to the complainants: the chatbot can produce detailed summaries of the works. "Systematic theft on a large scale," says the complaint filed Tuesday, September 19 in federal court in New York. Anyone using ChatGPT can ask him to write a derivative text of these books in the style of the author. "The deliberate copying (of the plaintiffs' work) thus transforms their works into engines of their own destruction," the plaintiffs' lawyers argue.

OpenAI, the San Francisco company that created ChatGPT, denies the accusations and believes that writers can also benefit from artificial intelligence. OpenAI is already facing similar lawsuits but considers that the plaintiffs are exaggerating the limits of copyright, which must leave room for innovation.

Books written by AI are not a vision of the mind. They already exist. To the point that Amazon seeks to control their influx on its site and its Kindle e-reader.

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