Google class action claims company trained AI tool with copyrighted work


Source: Top Class Actions

Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google LLC trained their artificial intelligence (AI) software with datasets containing copyrighted images, a new class action lawsuit alleges.

Plaintiffs Jingna Zhang, Sarah Andersen, Hope Larson and Jessica Fink claim in their class action lawsuit that Google’s AI tool, Imagen, uses copyrighted images as training material despite not being authorized to use those images.

“Because Imagen contains weights that represent a transformation of the protected expression in the training dataset, Imagen is itself an infringing derivative work,” the Google AI tool class action states.

The group of visual artists want to represent a nationwide class of individuals who own a United States copyright in any work used by Google as a training image for its Google-LAION Models during the class period.

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