July 21, 2024
Meta Rejects Copyright Infringement Allegations in AI Training

Meta Rejects Copyright Infringement Allegations in AI Training

Meta has rebutted allegations that its AI model Llama was trained using copyrighted material from popular books. In court on September 18, Meta requested a San Francisco federal judge to dismiss claims made by author Sarah Silverman and a group of other authors who asserted that it infringed upon the copyrights of their books during the training of its AI system.

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram argued that the use of materials to train its systems is “transformative” and falls under “fair use.” They stated:

“Use of texts to train LLaMA to statistically model language and generate original expression is transformative by nature and quintessential fair use…”

Meta also cited a previous court case, likening their situation to “much like Google’s wholesale copying of books to create an internet search tool was found to be fair use in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., 804 F.3d 202 (2d Cir. 2015).”

Meta insisted that the “core issue” of copyright fair use should be revisited at a later date with a more comprehensive record. They argued that the plaintiffs were unable to provide explanations for the “information” they referenced, nor could they furnish specific outputs related to their material. In a separate statement on September 19, the authors’ attorneys expressed confidence that their claims would withstand scrutiny and proceed through “discovery and trial.”

OpenAI also attempted to dismiss parts of the claims in August on similar grounds to what Meta is currently proposing. The original lawsuit against Meta and OpenAI was initiated in July and was one of several lawsuits emerging against major tech companies over copyright and data infringement associated with the proliferation of AI.

On September 5, two unnamed engineers filed a class-action lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft concerning their alleged scraping methods for acquiring private data during the training of their respective AI models.

In July, Google faced a lawsuit with similar allegations after it updated its privacy policy. The lawsuit accused Google of misusing substantial amounts of data, including copyrighted material, in its AI training.

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