The New York Times files lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, accusing content theft in the creation of ChatGPT.

Mukul Rana
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The New York Times filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against OpenAI, the company behind the artificial intelligence (AI) model ChatGPT, and its 49% stakeholder, Microsoft. Allegations claim they used millions of news articles for free to develop their AI chatbot model, with a potential claim of billions of rupees.

This marks the first copyright lawsuit against OpenAI in the United States. The newspaper stated that while it invests heavily in creating content for readers, OpenAI and Microsoft profit by using it for free. Negotiations for an out-of-court settlement with mutual benefits failed, as both parties presented their arguments.

OpenAI and Microsoft asserted compliance with legal policies in training their AI products using copyrighted material, suggesting the possibility of using such content without a license. In response to the fresh case, OpenAI expressed respect for content creators and ongoing discussions with TheNew York Times.

The case remains intriguing and disappointing, with no response from Microsoft. OpenAI, valued at over $8 billion, has become a significant player in the AI market, where companies continuously invest billions for AI model training using online content.

Companies adapting their products to avoid copyright issues face a significant challenge. Professor Devin Desai, a specialist in business law and ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, highlighted the difficulty for OpenAI in determining responsibility for copyright, especially when making changes to their products after copyright disputes. Courts may find it challenging to hold them economically accountable post-dispute.

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