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NYT lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft alleging copyright infringement has implications for AI and copyright law

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The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging copyright infringement. The Times claims that these companies violated copyright laws by using their content to train AI models, including ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot. 

They argue that this unauthorised use diverts traffic from their platforms, affecting their revenues and essentially free rides off their work and effort. The Times is seeking “billions of dollars in statutory and actual damages” against the defendants. They accuse the defendants of creating a business model based on “mass copyright infringement.”

The lawsuit questions the “fair use” of copyrighted materials in AI training. The Times asserts that this unauthorised use has greatly increased the AI companies’ valuations. The US Copyright Office is studying the issue, and some publishers have already licensed their content to OpenAI. 

Read more over at CNBC

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