Mike Huckabee says Microsoft and Meta stole his books for teaching artificial intelligence

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and a group of religious authors have filed a new lawsuit against a group of tech companies, arguing that they trained artificial intelligence tools on the authors’ books without permission.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York federal court, is the latest in a series of lawsuits targeting tech companies to train their artificial intelligence on text they scrape from the web, a practice that has helped OpenAI, Google and others. to create chatbots like ChatGPT and others. The start of a competitive scramble to sell AI tools.

While the use of books as part of a dataset is not inherently problematic, the use of plagiarized (or stolen) books does not fairly compensate authors and publishers for their work, the plaintiffs, which include Huckabee, and authors and Christian podcasts include Tsh Oxenreider and Lysa TerKeurst. It is said in the petition. The outfit targets Meta, Microsoft and financial data provider Bloomberg LP, all of which have built big algorithms that tools like ChatGPT have trained their big language models on using web data.

The lawsuit relates to the notorious collection of pirated books, known as books3, which the plaintiffs claim was included in a collection of freely available data sources compiled by the nonprofit group EleutherAI to give smaller companies access to more data for training. Give your artificial intelligence. . EleutherAI is also named as a defendant in this lawsuit. The suit, a proposed class action, seeks damages and an injunction to prevent the companies from continuing to use their works.

A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment. Spokespeople for Meta, Bloomberg and EleutherAI did not respond to requests for comment.

Large language models are typically trained on billions of sentences of text from the Internet, including news stories, Wikipedia, and comments on social media sites. OpenAI and other AI companies like Google and Microsoft won’t say specifically which data they’re using, but AI critics have long suspected it includes collections of pirated books.

The battle is heating up over whether companies can take data from the Internet without payment or permission to train their potentially profitable AI models. Numerous lawsuits from comedians, writers and artists have targeted tech companies. Tech executives argue that taking data from the public web falls under the free use concept in copyright law, which provides exemptions for works that are substantially related to the source from which they may be derived.

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