John Grisham Unloads on Big Tech Using His Books to Train AI

Follow Suit Last month, a group of high profile authors announced they were suing ChatGPT-makers OpenAI for training its large language models (LLMS) on their books. John Grisham, a bestselling author known for his prolific output of legal thrillers, was one of the big names behind the lawsuit. And now, he’s finally spoken out on his feelings on AI, calling the technology a “threat” to writers that cannot be “truly appreciated, explained or predicted,” the BBC reports. “It’s my turn to file suit,” he told the BBC One Breakfast Programme this week. “For 30 years, I’ve been sued by everyone else — for slander, defamation, copyright, whatever — so it’s my turn.” Legal Lineup You could say that Grisham, a former attorney who’s written close to 40 novels based on his profession, knows a thing or two about the legal system — which, whether or not that actually has a bearing on this particular case, makes him feel like a formidable foe. And he’s not the only attorney-turned-author in the suit, either. David Baldacci, a fellow legal thriller luminary and an attorney by education, is also a plaintiff. Other notable names include George R.R. Martin and Jonathan Franzen, not to mention the official backing of the preeminent Author’s Guild. In their complaint filed last month, the authors argue that the success of OpenAI is “predicated on mass copyright infringement without a word of permission from or a nickel of compensation to copyright owners.” Furthermore, the authors characterize large language models…John Grisham Unloads on Big Tech Using His Books to Train AI

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