New York Times vs. AI – tough talk and copyright infringement

5. 01. 2024 | Natalie Bezděková

“Could you help me get access to a locked New York Times article?” That was one of the requests that ChatGPT fulfilled. He can reproduce the content of the articles with varying degrees of accuracy or make it up, which the newspaper’s publisher objected to as a serious copyright violation.

The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft over massive copyright infringement in the ChatGPT and Copilot products. It is argued that these technologies copy the newspaper’s content and thus infringe copyright. The lawsuit points out that these services compete with the New York Times subscription service, and the companies that trained the models did not seek permission.

The companies are accused of using someone else’s content for their own profit. The New York Times claims that ChatGPT reproduces content with word-for-word accuracy, which violates copyright. They presented hundreds of examples of copyright infringement, which may influence the jury. In addition, AI can create texts that look legit but are far from reality.

OpenAI says it respects the rights of creators and is willing to cooperate, but the New York Times sees this lawsuit as an important step in the discussion of copyright in the context of AI. Lawyers see this lawsuit as a strategic move, and similar litigation could change the way AI models are trained. The outcome is uncertain, but this dispute may lead to a revolution in creators’ rights and copyright. It’s a battle between journalistic quality and the advancement of generative AI, whatever the outcome, it’s a pivotal moment in the debate on this topic.

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Natalie Bezděková

I am a student of Master's degree in Political Science. I am interested in marketing, especially copywriting and social media. I also focus on political and social events at home and abroad and technological innovations. My free time is filled with sports, reading and a passion for travel.


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