A Lithuanian company called Planner 5D is suing both Facebook and Princeton University for stealing its training data
A Lithuanian company called Planner 5D is suing both Facebook and Princeton University for stealing its training data — an early skirmish in the strange new legal frontiers of .
Princeton computer scientists scraped more than 45,000 files from Planner 5D’s software, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, and used them to train their algorithms. They then made that information, which they named the SUNCG dataset , available to other computer vision and researchers, the legal document claims.
Through partnerships with Princeton, the data made its way into the hands of Facebook scientists, who used it to develop the company’s — and the lawsuit also suggests that the data could have benefitted Facebook’s virtual reality company, Oculus.
Facebook made the dataset, full of original and lightly-modified Planner 5D files, available as a resource to contestants in the 2019 Scene Understanding and Modeling challenge for computer vision researchers , who are competing for a cash prize and a speaking slot at a conference later this month.
In short, Planner 5D claims that Princeton and Facebook have benefited off data that was wrongfully taken from it — and now the company wants them to pony up. Let’s Back Up
Planner 5D offers software that lets users design homes, buildings, and interiors by arranging 3D models of various objects. It’s sort of like building a home in “The Sims,” except it’s meant for people who will actually build their creations. People can also navigate their designs in virtual and augmented reality simulations.
Per the lawsuit, Planner 5D says it created 3D models of over 4,500 objects as well as over a million pre-designed scenes for use through its software. All of that data, the company says, is invaluable for scientists training algorithms to navigate physical spaces and recognize objects.
Alexey Sheremetyev, CEO and Founder of Planner 5D, declined to answer specific questions about the ongoing lawsuit. But he gave Futurism a general statement on the matter.
“A copy of our data has been used by researchers at Princeton, Facebook, and elsewhere,” he said. “We are very troubled by this, because this is a core asset of our company. We spent a lot of time and money creating this asset. We think this data is a key ingredient for scene-recognition research. We brought this lawsuit to address what we regard as a serious threat to our company.”[…]