3 more news organizations file lawsuits against OpenAI and Microsoft

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  • News outlets sue OpenAI and Microsoft, claiming ChatGPT infringes copyright.
  • Lawsuits allege AI model reproduces copyrighted work without attribution.

Three news organizations, The Intercept, Raw Story, and AlterNet, have filed separate lawsuits against OpenAI and Microsoft in the Southern District of New York, alleging copyright infringement related to the AI language model ChatGPT training.

The lawsuits claim that ChatGPT reproduces “verbatim or nearly verbatim copyright-protected works of journalism” without proper attribution, including author, title, and copyright information. The publications argue that if trained on material with this information, ChatGPT would have learned to include it when generating responses.

The lawsuits go further, alleging that OpenAI and Microsoft were aware of the potential issue and took steps to mitigate the risk for paying customers, offering legal cover for copyright infringement if using Copilot or ChatGPT Enterprise. Additionally, the point of the publication to OpenAI’s opt-out system for website owners to block their content from being crawled by ChatGPT is evidence of their awareness.

This is not the first time OpenAI has faced copyright concerns. TIME alleged similar issues with copyright information removal during training in a previous similar claim. While a judge dismissed the claim related to intentional removal, the core copyright infringement allegations remain.

OpenAI requested dismissing a similar lawsuit from The New York Times, claiming a bug caused the alleged reproduction.

These lawsuits add to the growing debate surrounding copyright and AI, with companies like Getty Images and Universal Music Group also pursuing legal action against other AI developers.

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