Faced with ChatGPT, the New York Times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft

The New York Times announced this Wednesday that it is suing Open AI, the startup that created ChatGPT, as well as Microsoft Group, its lead investor. American newspapers condemn the loss of several billion dollars and accuse both companies of making money on their backs, since ChatGPT was trained mainly by articles from the New York Times.

Does ChatGPT dispute copyright? For years, tech companies like Open AI have used millions of free articles in the press to train their bots with generative artificial intelligence. Plus, if we ask ChatGPT about it today, here’s his answer: “ Yes, I was trained using various data including news articles, various media and other sources… »

In response to New York Times, like other journals, explains that it tried to negotiate with OpenAI to get a reward in exchange for using its articles. But in the absence of an agreement, the newspaper eventually decided to take legal action in the US federal courts for copyright infringement. He estimates the damage at several billion dollars.

While generative artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionize the way we use the internet and in some cases rival the media, news companies no longer want to let tech giants use their content for free to make a profit.

The German group Axel Springer signed a contract with Open AI for ChatGPT a few months ago to link to some articles from the media it controls. Hundreds of other news organizations, including New York Timesfor their part, they installed an app in August that now prevents Open AI from accessing their articles.

Examinations in other industries

Several bestselling authors, including “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin, have launched a class-action lawsuit against OpenAI, accusing it of infringing their copyrights. Other companies, starting with major music companies, have done the same against Anthropic, which they accuse of using song lyrics to develop its music-generating artificial intelligence.

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