Authors sue Nvidia over AI’s usage of copyrighted material

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Nvidia, whose chips power artificial intelligence, has been sued by three authors who allege the business used their copyrighted books without their permission to train its NeMo.

Nvidia (NVDA.O), whose chips fuel artificial intelligence, has been sued by three authors who claim the company exploited their copyrighted books without their consent to train its NeMo, which opens a new tab AI platform.

Brian Keene, Abdi Nazemian, and Stewart O’Nan stated that their works were part of a dataset of around 196,640 volumes that helped train NeMo to replicate conventional written language, until being removed in October “due to reported copyright infringement.”

The authors said in a proposed class action filed on Friday night in San Francisco federal court that the takedown reflected Nvidia’s having “admitted” it trained NeMo on the dataset, infringing their copyrights.

They are demanding unspecified damages for individuals in the United States whose copyrighted works helped train NeMo’s so-called large language models in the last three years.

The works included in the complaint include Keene’s 2008 novel “Ghost Walk,” Nazemian’s 2019 novel “Like a Love Story,” and O’Nan’s 2007 novella “Last Night at the Lobster.”

On Sunday, lawyers for the authors did not immediately respond to demands for additional comment.

The complaint adds Nvidia to a growing list of lawsuits by writers and the New York Times over generative AI, which generates new material based on inputs such as text, photos, and sounds.

Nvidia promotes NeMo as a quick and inexpensive solution to implement generative AI; this opens a new tab.

Other firms suing over the technology include OpenAI, which invented the AI platform ChatGPT, and its partner Microsoft (MSFT.O).

With the rise of artificial intelligence, Nvidia has become a favorite among investors.

Nvidia’s stock price has climbed about 600% since the end of 2022, valuing the company at nearly $2.2 trillion.

The case is Nazemian et al. v. Nvidia Corp., U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 24-01454.

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