Lawsuit Alert: Newspapers vs. OpenAI and Microsoft

Published On Wed May 01 2024
Lawsuit Alert: Newspapers vs. OpenAI and Microsoft

Eight U.S. newspapers sue ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Microsoft

A group of eight U.S. newspapers, including The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, and Denver Post, have filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft. The lawsuit alleges that the technology companies have been using copyrighted news articles without authorization or compensation to train their AI chatbots.

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The lawsuit was filed in a New York federal court, with Frank Pine, the executive editor for the MediaNews Group and Tribune Publishing, stating, "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."

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The newspapers involved in the lawsuit are MediaNews Group’s Mercury News, Orange County Register, and St. Paul Pioneer-Press, as well as Tribune Publishing’s Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Microsoft has chosen not to comment on the matter at this time, while OpenAI has stated that they support news organizations and are open to discussions with concerned parties.

This legal action is part of a series of lawsuits targeting OpenAI and Microsoft in Manhattan’s federal court, highlighting the ongoing debate over intellectual property rights in the age of artificial intelligence.