Authors suing OpenAI seek dismissal of copycat lawsuits in New York

The authors in California suggest that OpenAI is seeking more favorable conditions in New York following the California court’s rejection of its proposed litigation schedule.

Authors such as Michael Chabon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Sarah Silverman, suing artificial intelligence (AI) company OpenAI for copyright infringement, have urged a California court to dismiss parallel lawsuits filed by The New York Times (NYT), John Grisham, and others in New York.

In a court document filed on Thursday, Feb. 8, they argued that permitting the “copycat” lawsuits, which include the Times’ case and a prior one initiated by the Authors Guild on behalf of Grisham, Franzen, Martin, and other authors, would lead to “inconsistent rulings in overlapping class actions” and be a misuse of the courts’ resources.

The American comedian and author Sarah Silverman, along with two other authors, Richard Kadrey and Christopher Golden, filed a lawsuit against OpenAI’s ChatGPT over copyright infringement. In the July 2023 lawsuit, they alleged that when ChatGPT generates summaries of the plaintiffs’ work, it indicates the training via copyrighted content.

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