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OpenAI Claims Foul Play by New York Times OpenAI Claims Foul Play by New York Times
On Monday, OpenAI sought dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, challenging the accusation that its generative AI... OpenAI Claims Foul Play by New York Times

On Monday, OpenAI sought dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, challenging the accusation that its generative AI system, ChatGPT, was manipulated to produce results allegedly infringing on copyrighted material.

This fight between the two underscores the burgeoning challenges generative AI technologies face, particularly concerning copyright infringement claims both in their output and training methodologies.

According to Axios, OpenAI’s recent court filing reveals that the New York Times allegedly exploited a bug and made numerous attempts—tens of thousands, to be precise—to coax ChatGPT into regurgitating verbatim passages cited in the newspaper’s legal complaint.

OpenAI is claiming that such actions necessitated the uploading of specific articles, indicating an intentional effort to bypass the system’s standard operational boundaries. In the filings, OpenAI said, “The allegations in the Times’s complaint do not meet its famously rigorous journalistic standards,“.

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OpenAI asserted, suggesting that the forthcoming legal proceedings will unveil the extent to which the Times went to “hack” OpenAI’s products. The company went on to say, “The truth, which will come out in the course of this case, is that the Times paid someone to hack OpenAI’s products.”.

This illustrates the complex legal terrain that generative AI is navigating. The lawsuit by the New York Times against OpenAI and Microsoft alleged unauthorized training of their AI systems using copyrighted articles has brought to light the precarious balance between technological innovation and copyright law.

As one can imagine, the implications of these legal challenges are profound, with the potential to reshape the landscape of generative AI development. The lawsuit is among several high-profile cases targeting AI giants like OpenAI and Microsoft, including litigation from authors and copyright claims from image repository Getty against Stable Diffusion.

But, not all responses to generative AI’s copyright conundrums have been adversarial. Publishers such as Axel Springer and the Associated Press have opted for collaborative approaches, striking licensing agreements with OpenAI for their content.

As the legal battles unfold, the outcome of these lawsuits could set significant precedents for the future of generative AI, influencing how AI technologies are developed, deployed, and regulated.

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