Chabon, playwright David Henry Hwang and authors Matthew Klam, Rachel Louise Snyder and Ayelet Waldman said in their lawsuit on Friday that OpenAI copied their works without permission to teach ChatGPT to respond to human text prompts.
Chabon’s representatives referred queries about the lawsuit to the writers’ lawyers. Those lawyers and representatives for OpenAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.
The lawsuit is at least the third proposed copyright-infringement class action filed by authors against Microsoft-backed OpenAI. Companies, including Microsoft, Meta Platforms and Stability AI, have also been sued by copyright owners over the use of their work in AI training.
OpenAI and other companies have argued that AI training makes fair use of copyrighted material scraped from the internet.
ChatGPT became the fastest-growing consumer application in history earlier this year, reaching 100 million monthly active users in January, before being supplanted by Meta’s Threads app.