ChatGPT is getting sued by a first small batch of artists and writers on the way it was trained by scrapping the internet for content, including very much copyrighted ones. As reported by The Verge, The first to sue is the comedian Sarah Silverman and two horror/pop fiction writers (Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey). You can start counting the days until Stephen King or J.K. Rolling's move. This is in tow with Getty Image suing Stability AI for generating pictures out of copyrighted stock photos.
For all those of you, that thought that U.S. startups and tech companies now know better than just moving fast and breaking things... think again.
And you know that I was expecting this as I was noting that we've been crawled for content too back in May:
I wonder if we'll get $12 as a class-action compensation twelve years from now? I'm certainly glad that our weekly newsletter is beyond an email subscription until ChatGPT5 is unleashed, and we'll be able to subscribe by itself...
The optimistic view in all this could be that as part of a future settlement, Wikipedia will finally get a stable ongoing stream of revenues. Who knows?
But don't hold your breath and maybe donate directly:
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