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New York Times files copyright infringement lawsuit against OpenAI, Microsoft

The New York Times has initiated a landmark legal battle against OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging copyright infringement related to the use of its journalistic content.

Announced on Wednesday, the lawsuit, filed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, accuses the two tech giants of utilizing millions of articles from The Times to train their artificial intelligence programs. This legal action marks a significant move by a major U.S. news organization against AI platforms. The Times is not seeking monetary compensation but demands the destruction of any chatbot models and training data that incorporated copyrighted material from its publications.

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The core of the lawsuit revolves around the claim that OpenAI’s chatbots, such as ChatGPT, are trained on content from The New York Times, thereby directly competing with the newspaper by providing information based on its reporting.

This competition, The Times argues, could divert readers from its website, undermining its revenue streams from subscriptions and advertising. In a related development, OpenAI, valued at around $80 billion with substantial backing from Microsoft, has not publicly responded to the lawsuit. The Times previously reached out to both companies in April seeking a resolution regarding the use of its intellectual property, but the discussions did not lead to an agreement. This lawsuit comes amidst growing concerns over AI’s impact on journalism and copyright, with similar legal actions recently initiated by authors and comedians against OpenAI.



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