• The plaintiffs argue that Google is unfairly taking advantage of the public data and violating their rights as internet users and copyright holders.
• The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Google to obtain explicit permission from users before collecting data, as well as paying damages potentially up to $5 billion.
The Plaintiffs Accusations
The plaintiffs have argued that “publicly available” does not mean it is free to use for any purpose, thus accusing Google of misusing large amounts of data including copyrighted material in artificial intelligence (AI) training. Ryan Clarkson from the Clarkson Law Firm representing the plaintiffs said: “Google must understand once and for all: it does not own the Internet, it does not own our creative works, it does not own our expressions of our personhood…”
Lawsuit Seeking Damages
The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Google to obtain explicit permission from users before collecting data as well as providing compensation for already existing data taken by them. They are also seeking damages potentially up to $5 billion.
OpenAI Pauses ChatGPT’s Bing Feature
Earlier this week, author Sarah Silverman along with two other authors filed a similar lawsuit against OpenAI and Meta for using their copyrighted work without permission on ChatGPT’s Bing feature, which was later paused by OpenAI due to users jumping paywalls while using the feature.
This recent incident showcases how important it is for companies like Google and OpenAI to be mindful of user’s privacy when thinking about utilizing public information for their services or products. Especially when dealing with sensitive topics such as user generated content or copyright material which need permission before being utilized commercially or otherwise without owner’s approval