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Google faces lawsuit over copyright infringement, data scraping for AI expansion

Google is facing a proposed class action lawsuit accusing the company of misusing personal information and copyrighted material to train its AI systems. The plaintiffs claim that Google's unauthorized scraping of data violates privacy and property rights.

Clarkson's firm filed a similar lawsuit in the same court against Microsoft-backed OpenAI in June. (REUTERS)Premium
Clarkson's firm filed a similar lawsuit in the same court against Microsoft-backed OpenAI in June. (REUTERS)

In a proposed class action lawsuit, Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) was accused of allegedly misusing vast amounts of personal information and copyrighted material to train its artificial intelligence systems.

In an official statement, the plaintiffs' attorney Ryan Clarkson said, "Google does not own the internet, it does not own our creative works, it does not own our expressions of our personhood, pictures of our families and children, or anything else simply because we share it online," the plaintiffs' attorney Ryan Clarkson said in a statement.

As reported by Reuters, the complaint was filed in San Francisco federal court by eight individuals seeking to represent millions of internet users and copyright holders said Google's unauthorized scraping of data from websites violated their privacy and property rights.

It is to be further noted that Clarkson's firm filed a similar lawsuit in the same court against Microsoft-backed OpenAI in June.

Clarkson's firm asked the court to allow the plaintiffs to remain anonymous in both cases, citing violent threats reportedly received by individuals filing similar lawsuits

The lawsuit filed on Tuesday claims that the company could owe at least $5 billion.

Google general counsel Halimah DeLaine Prado said, "The company has been clear for years that we use data from public sources — like information published to the open web and public datasets – to train the AI models behind services like Google Translate, responsibly and in line with our AI Principles."

DeLaine further stressed that American law supports using public information to create new beneficial uses, and, “we look forward to refuting these baseless claims."

The case is one of several filed since last year against companies in the booming AI industry, including Meta Platforms, Microsoft and OpenAI, over their alleged misuse of personal data and copyrighted books, visual art and source code to train their systems.

The eight plaintiffs in Tuesday's lawsuit, identified by their initials, said Google misused content they posted to social media and information shared on Google platforms to train its chatbot Bard and other generative AI systems, Reuters reported.

The content identified in the lawsuit ranged from photos on dating websites to Spotify playlists and TikTok videos. One of the plaintiffs, J.L., described as a best-selling Texan author and investigative journalist, said Google also copied her book in full to train Bard.

The lawsuit asked the court to order Google to let internet users opt out of Google's "illicit data collection" and to delete the existing data or pay its owners "fair compensation."

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Published: 12 Jul 2023, 02:59 PM IST
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