New York Times Takes Legal Action Against OpenAI and Microsoft for Copyright

The lawsuit alleges that "millions" of articles published in the New York Times were used to train ChatGPT without permission, allowing the AI system to now compete with newspapers as a valid source of information

by Sededin Dedovic
New York Times Takes Legal Action Against OpenAI and Microsoft for Copyright
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The prestigious and world-renowned New York Times has taken legal action against OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, and Microsoft, a major investor in the artificial intelligence company. The lawsuit alleges copyright infringement during ChatGPT's training, accusing both companies of causing "billions of dollars" in damages.

According to the lawsuit, OpenAI used "millions" of New York Times articles without permission to train ChatGPT, allowing the AI system to produce condensed versions of newspaper content when asked about current events. This not only gave users access to New York Times information without a subscription, but also impacted the newspaper's subscription and advertising revenue.

Therefore, even the newspaper company itself does not know the exact figure of how much it is allegedly damaged by the two mentioned companies.

Illegal exploitation of content for free

The lawsuit claims that ChatGPT's responses mirror the content of New York Times articles, providing a free alternative for users who would otherwise need a subscription to access full stories.

Furthermore, the lawsuit points out that search engines, such as Bing, which shares similarities with ChatGPT, display results obtained from the New York Times without linking to the original articles, exacerbating the newspaper's losses.

The New York Times has reportedly tried to resolve the issue directly with OpenAI and Microsoft since April, but the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday after negotiations failed. The legal battle adds to OpenAI's existing legal challenges, including a lawsuit filed in September by a group of US authors including George RR Martin, and another by a group of computer experts alleging unauthorized use of their code to train OpenAI's Copilot, including Microsoft .

and GitHub too. This legal dispute sheds light on the complex intersection of intellectual property, artificial intelligence and corporate responsibility. It seems that we are witnessing the beginning of a great war between the media and technology industries.

Given how complex this issue is, it will be difficult to solve, but more answers will be given by the court proceedings after this lawsuit.

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