OpenAI and Microsoft Sued by Eight American Newspapers Over Copyright Claims

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  • May 7, 2024

In a critical legal challenge, tech giants OpenAI and Microsoft sued by eight American newspapers, accusing them of using copyrighted articles without authorization to train their artificial intelligence platforms, including the well-known AI models ChatGPT and Copilot.

The newspapers, owned by the Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group, include influential titles such as The Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News, and The Denver Post. The lawsuit in the U.S. Southern District of New York marks a significant escalation in the ongoing debate over intellectual property rights and Artificial Intelligence training methodologies.

As soon as this news broke online, people worldwide started sharing their views.

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In a statement, Frank Pine, the executive editor at Tribune Publishing and MediaNews Group, said, “We’ve spent billions of dollars gathering information and reporting news at our publications, and we can’t allow OpenAI and Microsoft to expand the Big Tech playbook of stealing our work to build their own businesses at our expense.”


According to the legal documents, the newspapers allege that millions of their articles were copied to bolster the AI systems’ ability to generate human-like text, thereby infringing on copyright laws.

Lawyers for the newspapers wrote in the suit, “This issue is not just a business problem for a handful of newspapers or the newspaper industry at large. It is a critical issue for civil life in America.”


The case highlights a growing concern among content creators about using their work in training AI without fair compensation or even acknowledgment. The plaintiffs argue that such practices violate copyright laws and undermine traditional journalism’s financial foundations.


In response, OpenAI spokeswoman Kayla Wood said, “We take great care in our products and design process to support news organizations. We are actively engaged in constructive partnerships and conversations with many news organizations around the world.”


However, Microsoft has chosen not to comment on the ongoing legal proceedings. Here’s what people have to say about this.

While some think that the whole world should sue companies like these!

Legal experts suggest that this case could set a precedent for how AI companies engage with content creators, potentially leading to more stringent regulations on the use of copyrighted material for training purposes.

The outcome could significantly impact the operations of AI developers and their corporate backers.

Users on Reddit think that issues like this will destroy different industries.

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As the case proceeds, the tech and publishing industries are watching closely, recognizing that the implications could extend far beyond just these eight newspapers and two tech companies.

The lawsuit challenges the operational practices of AI giants and tests the legal boundaries of copyright law in the age of artificial intelligence.

For more news and insights, visit AI News on our website.

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