Nvidia’s NeMo becomes latest AI model to be sued by artists

  • Nvidia, amidst surging demand for its chips due to the AI boom, faces legal challenges as three authors sue over alleged unauthorized use of their books to train the NeMo AI platform.
  • The authors claim their works were included in a dataset for training NeMo, leading to copyright infringement issues, prompting a collective lawsuit seeking compensation.
  • This lawsuit reflects broader concerns over the use of generative AI technologies and adds Nvidia to a growing list of companies facing legal scrutiny in this area.

As the biggest beneficiary of the artificial intelligence (AI) boom, Nvidia faces skyrocketing demand for its chips, yet recent troubles arise as the company is sued by three authors alleging unauthorised use of their copyrighted books to train its NeMo AI platform.

Authors Brian Keene, Abdi Nazemian, and Stewart O’Nan claim their works were part of a dataset of approximately 196,640 books used to train NeMo in simulating common written language, but were taken down in October due to reported copyright infringement.

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The removal may reflect their commitment to misuse copyrighted works

In a collective lawsuit filed in the San Francisco federal court, the authors argue that the removal reflects Nvidia’s acknowledgement of training NeMo on their dataset using their work, thus infringing on their copyrights, seeking compensation without specifying the amount.

Nvidia face a growing number of lawsuits

The lawsuit involves works including Keene’s 2008 novel “Ghost Walk,” Nazemian’s 2019 novel “Like a Love Story,” and O’Nan’s 2007 novella “Last Night at the Lobster.” This litigation adds Nvidia to the growing number of lawsuits initiated by writers and The New York Times surrounding generative AI, a technology creating new content based on inputs like text, images, and sound.

Nvidia previously touted NeMo as a rapid and cost-effective new option using generative AI, driving its popularity among investors, with its stock price soaring nearly 600% since the end of 2022, pushing its market value close to $2.2 trillion. Additionally, other companies sued over this technology including OpenAI, the creator of the AI platform ChatGPT, and its partner Microsoft.


Chloe Chen

Chloe Chen is a junior writer at BTW Media. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and had various working experiences in the finance and fintech industry. Send tips to c.chen@btw.media.

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