More than 8,500 authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are accusing the technology companies behind major language models such as ChatGPT, Bard, LLaMa and others of using their work without permission or compensation, writes TechCrunch.

“These technologies mimic and regurgitate our language, stories, style, and ideas. Millions of copyrighted books, articles, essays, and poetry provide the ‘food’ for AI systems, endless meals for which there has been no bill,” the authors said in an open letter.

According to them, generative AI threatens to harm the writing profession, as mediocre, machine-written books, stories and journalism based on the work of authors could flood the market.

They call, inter alia, for permission to use their copyrighted material in generative AI programs and for authors to be fairly compensated for the use of the works in these programs.

Recently, two authors sued the company OpenAI, which created ChatGPT, for allegedly using their artwork for the machine learning that underpins the chatbot’s artificial intelligence.