New York Times sues Microsoft and OpenAI

The New York Times claims that ChatGPT used millions of its articles without permission to improve its language model, resulting in competition between ChatGPT and the newspaper as a trusted source of information.
04 January 2024
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The New York Times is taking legal action against OpenAI, the owner of ChatGPT, accusing them of copyright infringement. The lawsuit also includes Microsoft as a defendant and seeks damages worth billions of dollars. ChatGPT and other large language models acquire knowledge by analysing vast amounts of data, including online sources.

According to the lawsuit, millions of New York Times articles were used without permission to enhance ChatGPT's capabilities. The newspaper argues that the tool now competes with them as a reliable source of information.

OpenAI received a substantial investment of over $10 billion from Microsoft. The New York Times attempted to resolve the copyright issue with both companies in April but was unsuccessful, leading to the lawsuit being filed in a federal court in Manhattan.

This comes after OpenAI experienced internal turmoil, resulting in the dismissal and subsequent rehiring of co-founder and CEO Sam Altman within a short period of time. In addition to these internal challenges, OpenAI is now facing multiple lawsuits in 2023.

This comes after a chaotic period at OpenAI and multiple lawsuits in 2023, including cases brought by authors George RR Martin, John Grisham, comedian Sarah Silverman, and a group of computing experts. Various lawsuits have also been filed against developers of generative AI. None of these cases have been resolved.

- CyberBeat


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