KEY POINTS
  • Two authors filed a lawsuit against OpenAI alleging that their copyrighted books were used to train ChatGPT without their consent.
  • Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad claim that ChatGPT generates "very accurate summaries" of their works, according to the complaint.
  • They allege the summaries are "only possible" if ChatGPT was trained on their books, which would be a violation of copyright law.

Two authors filed a lawsuit against OpenAI last week alleging that their copyrighted books were used to train the company's artificial intelligence chatbot, ChatGPT, without their consent.

Paul Tremblay, author of "The Cabin at the End of the World," and Mona Awad, author of "Bunny" and "13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl," said ChatGPT generates "very accurate summaries" of their works, according to the complaint. They allege the summaries are "only possible" if ChatGPT was trained on their books, which would be a violation of copyright law.