(CTN News) – The New York Times (NYT.N) filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft (MSFT.O) on Wednesday, alleging that they have utilized millions of the newspaper’s articles without authorization to train artificial intelligence technologies.
According to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, The Times claims to be the first major U.S. media organization to take legal action against OpenAI and Microsoft, the creators of ChatGPT and other AI platforms, for copyright infringement.
The newspaper argues that the defendants are attempting to exploit The Times’s substantial investment in journalism by using it to develop substitute products without permission or compensation.
The Times asserts that the unauthorized use of its content to create products that compete with and divert audiences from the newspaper is not a “transformative” action.
OpenAI and Microsoft have yet to respond to the requests for comment.
While The Times has not specified a particular amount of damages, it contends that Microsoft has caused billions of dollars in harm. Additionally, the newspaper demands that the companies eliminate chatbot models and training sets that incorporate its material.
OpenAI’s parent company operates as a non-profit organization,
While Microsoft has made a significant investment of $13 billion in a subsidiary that operates for profit, acquiring a 49% stake in the process.
The valuation of OpenAI by investors exceeds $80 billion, indicating its substantial worth in the market.
OpenAI has faced criticism regarding the alleged misuse of copyrighted material by the organization.
Renowned novelists such as David Baldacci, Jonathan Franzen, John Grisham, and Scott Turow have filed lawsuits against Microsoft in the Manhattan court. They claim that AI systems may have utilized tens of thousands of their books without proper authorization.
Furthermore, in July, comedian Sarah Silverman filed a lawsuit in San Francisco against OpenAI and Meta Platforms (META.O), accusing them of “ingesting” her book “The Bedwetter” for training purposes in ChatGPT.