The New York Times sues OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement

 By Jane English, CNN Week

Updated 08:55 AM December 28, 2023

The New York Times has sued OpenAI and Microsoft for using published news articles to train AI chatbots without an agreement to compensate them for their intellectual property. The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, marks the first time a major news organization has pursued ChatGPT developers for copyright infringement. The New York Times did not specify the amount it is seeking from the companies, but the action seeks to hold the companies accountable. Billions of dollars in legal and actual damages. The New York Times claims that OpenAI and Microsoft, makers of Chat GPT and Copilot, are “seeking to profit free from The Times’ massive investment in its journalism” without any licensing agreements. In one part of the complaint, The New York Times highlighted that its domain NyeTimes.com was the most commonly used proprietary source extracted for content for GPT-3 training. It claims that more than 66 million records, ranging from breaking news articles to opinion pieces, published across the New York Times websites and other affiliated brands, were used to train the AI models. The suit alleges that the defendants in the case used "nearly a century of copyrighted content," causing significant harm to the Times' feed. The New York Times also says that OpenAI and Microsoft's products can "generate output that lists the Times' content verbatim, and closely summarizes it." , and mimics his expressive style, echoing other complaints from authors such as Sarah Silverman and Julian Sancton who claim that OpenAI has taken advantage of their work. “We respect the rights of content creators and owners and are committed to working with them to ensure they benefit from AI technology and new revenue models,” an OpenAI spokesperson told Engadget. In an email, the representative explained that the two parties are engaged in ongoing “productive conversations” and the company described the lawsuit as non-existent. Expected. “We are surprised and disappointed by this development,” an OpenAI spokesperson told Engadget, however OpenAI hopes the two will find a “mutually beneficial way to work together.” If the lawsuit makes any progress, it could create opportunities for other publishers to pursue similar legal actions and make AI training models for commercial purposes more expensive, and competitors in this space, such as CNN, have already tried to limit the data that AI web crawlers can collect for training purposes. And development.

The New York Times

An American newspaper based in New York City, it is an influential newspaper with a global readership. Founded in 1851, the newspaper has won the Pulitzer Prize 125 times, more than any other newspaper. The New York Times is ranked No. 17 in the world in terms of circulation, and No. 2 in the United States of America. The newspaper is owned by The New York Times Company, a publicly traded corporation controlled by the Sulzbergers through a two-class stock structure. The newspaper has been owned by this family since 1896. Arthur Oakes Sulzberger, Jr. is the president of the newspaper, and his son, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, has been the publisher since 2018, and they represent the fourth and fifth generations of the family at the helm of this newspaper. It is the largest urban newspaper in the United States. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady" for its appearance and style, it is often considered the national "major newspaper", meaning that it is frequently relied upon as the main and reliable reference to recent events. The name of the newspaper is shortened to The Times, but should not be confused with The Times, which is published in London, or many other publications that also use the shorter designation, including the Los Angeles Times. The New York Times was founded in 1851, and its first issue was published on September 18, 1851, as the New York Daily Times. It was created by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones, and was issued in four pages. Its offices were located in a windowless loft, and relied on candles for lighting, at its headquarters in Manhattan, New York City. Before founding the newspaper, Raymond worked as Deputy Governor of New York State. As for Jones, he came from a humble background and worked as a bed for the owner of the Northern Spectator newspaper, where he met Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune. After a short period of work with Greeley, Jones decided to create a newspaper with the participation of his friend Henry Raymond. The New York Times daily issued its first issue on September 18, 1851. With the issuance of the first issue of the newspaper, Raymond and Jones announced that day that the New York Times would be published daily except Sunday of each week. No one thought that this release was the beginning of a history full of excitement, controversy, and political interactions.


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It is an American artificial intelligence (AI) research organization founded in December 2015, to research artificial intelligence with the stated goal of developing "safe and useful" artificial general intelligence, which it defines as "highly autonomous systems that outperform humans in most economically valuable tasks." As one of the leading organizations of AI Spring, it has developed many large language models, advanced image generation models, and open source models as well previously. The launch of ChatGPT is credited with starting AI Spring. The organization consists of OpenAI, Inc. The Delaware-registered nonprofit and its for-profit subsidiary OpenAI Global, LLC. It was founded by Ilya Sutskever, Greg Brockman, Trevor Blackwell, Vicki Cheung, Andrzej Karpathy, Durek Kingma, Jessica Livingston, John Shulman, Pamela Fajata, and Wojciech Zaremba, with Sam Altman and Elon Musk as the first board members. Microsoft provided OpenAI Global LLC with a $1 billion investment in 2019 and a $10 billion investment in 2023, with a significant portion of the investment in the form of compute resources on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. On November 17, 2023, the Board of Directors removed Altman as CEO, while Brockman was removed as Chairman of the Board and subsequently resigned as President. Four days later, they both returned after negotiations with the board, and most of the board members resigned. The new initial board included Brett Taylor, former co-CEO of Salesforce, as chairman and Microsoft with a non-voting board seat.

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