The fan who utilized AI to generate completed versions of the Game of Thrones books has taken them down from circulation after being identified in George R.R. Martin’s legal action. Martin, along with several other authors, recently filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, accusing them of “mass-scale copyright infringement.” The lawsuit explicitly mentioned the fan who gained notoriety for utilizing ChatGPT to compose finalized editions of The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, which are the last two installments in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Following his identification in George R.R. Martin’s legal action against OpenAI, the fan has chosen to remove the AI-generated versions of the Game of Thrones books. Liam Swayne, as reported by WinterIsComing.net, expressed on GitHub, where the books had previously been accessible, that he had recently become aware of the lawsuit and has consequently taken down the project from the platform. Here is his complete statement:
“I am just now learning that I was mentioned in a legal document pertaining to the OpenAI lawsuit. I have removed the project from GitHub. Should any of George R. R. Martin’s representatives wish to reach out, my contact info remains available.”
George R.R. Martin AI Controversy Explained
The latest addition to the Song of Ice and Fire series, which served as the source material for the completed HBO series Game of Thrones, was A Dance with Dragons, published in 2011. As fans continue to grow more anxious awaiting the release of the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, which George R.R. Martin has been working on for over a decade and counting, a fan named Liam Swayne employed AI to finalize the remaining Game of Thrones books while emulating Martin’s writing style. While ChatGPT didn’t eliminate any major characters, it did offer a somewhat acceptable conclusion to the series.
In the previous month, George R.R. Martin and several other authors took legal action against OpenAI, the company responsible for ChatGPT, alleging that their copyrighted works were used as “training data” for the chatbot. The authors contended that the chatbot, which learns from extensive datasets to replicate human writing, had been incorporating their work without obtaining their consent. The fan who utilized ChatGPT to complete the Game of Thrones books by imitating Martin’s writing style was among the more notable instances of OpenAI’s copyright-infringing activities. However, given his swift removal of the project upon learning of the lawsuit, it appears that the fan himself did not have any malicious intentions.
Source: Screen Rant