Sarah Silverman sues OpenAI and Meta for copyright infringement

Emre Çitak
Jul 10, 2023
Updated • Jul 10, 2023

Comedian Sarah Silverman and two other authors are suing OpenAI and Meta for copyright infringement. They allege that OpenAI's ChatGPT and Meta's LLaMA chatbots were trained on datasets that included their copyrighted books, without their permission.

The datasets in question were allegedly obtained from "shadow library" websites like Bibliotik, Library Genesis, and Z-Library. These websites are known for distributing pirated content.

Silverman, Golden, and Kadrey are seeking statutory damages of $150,000 for each work that was allegedly infringed. They are also seeking injunctive relief, which would prevent OpenAI and Meta from continuing to use the copyrighted works to train their AI models.

Sarah Silverman sues OpenA
allege that OpenAI's ChatGPT and Meta's LLaMA chatbots were trained on datasets that included their copyrighted books

AI Technologies and copyright issues

The use of AI technologies to create and distribute content is raising new copyright issues. In the past, copyright law was primarily concerned with protecting the creative expression of authors. However, AI technologies are capable of generating text, images, and other creative content that is indistinguishable from human-created content.

This raises the question of whether AI-generated content is protected by copyright law. Some experts argue that AI-generated content should not be protected by copyright law, because it does not involve the same level of human creativity as traditional forms of creative expression. Others argue that AI-generated content should be protected by copyright law, because it can be just as valuable and original as human-created content.

Sarah Silverman sues OpenA
They are also seeking injunctive relief, which would prevent OpenAI and Meta from continuing to use the copyrighted works to train their AI models

The lawsuit between Sarah Silverman, Christopher Golden, and Richard Kadrey against OpenAI and Meta is one of the first cases to test the legal boundaries of AI copyright law. The outcome of this case could have a significant impact on the future of AI technologies and the creative industries.

Who is Sarah Silverman?

Sarah Silverman is a comedian, actress, and writer. She is known for her work on television shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Sarah Silverman Program".

She has also starred in films like "A Million Ways to Die in the West" and "Ralph Breaks the Internet."


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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