Authors Richard Kadrey and Christopher Golden, as well as comedian Sarah Silverman, have filed lawsuits alleging copyright infringement against Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) and OpenAI. The claims, which were filed on Friday in San Francisco federal court, assert that Meta and OpenAI improperly utilised their copyrighted content to train chatbots and other language models for artificial intelligence.

These legal proceedings draw attention to the possible legal dangers that chatbot developers may encounter when using copyrighted content to produce AI programmes that provide convincing user answers.

According to Silverman, Kadrey, and Golden, Meta and OpenAI improperly utilised their books to create their big language models, which are advertised as effective tools for job automation by replicating human interaction.

In the complaint against Meta, it is alleged that the plaintiffs' work was used without their consent based on stolen information regarding the company's AI business.

The plaintiffs in the complaint against OpenAI assert that the summaries produced by ChatGPT, the business's language model, show that it was trained on their copyrighted information. The summaries show that ChatGPT preserved knowledge of certain works from the training dataset, as claimed in the complaint, even if they may include some mistakes.

The complaints seek undisclosed monetary penalties on behalf of a large group of copyright owners whose works Meta and OpenAI are accused of violating.

The result of these cases may have repercussions for the larger AI and IT industries and will clarify the legal restrictions and obligations of developers when using copyrighted content to train AI models.