OpenAI Alleges New York Times of Manipulating ChatGPT in Copyright Dispute

OpenAI Alleges New York Times of Manipulating ChatGPT in Copyright Dispute

In the ongoing legal battle between OpenAI, Microsoft’s primary investor, and The New York Times, OpenAI has leveled serious accusations against the renowned media outlet. OpenAI claims that The New York Times resorted to deceptive practices, including what it terms as “hacking” into OpenAI’s sophisticated AI systems, particularly its chatbot, ChatGPT, to fabricate evidence for the copyright lawsuit initiated by the Times.

OpenAI made these allegations in a filing submitted to a federal judge in Manhattan, asserting that The New York Times manipulated AI systems by providing prompts that breached OpenAI’s terms of use. The organization emphasized the lack of adherence to journalistic standards by The Times, stating that the evidence presented failed to meet rigorous standards.

The core of OpenAI’s argument revolves around the assertion that The Times induced its technology to reproduce copyrighted material through questionable methods. OpenAI suggested that the newspaper may have engaged a third party to carry out these manipulations, although no specific identity was disclosed.

While OpenAI stopped short of directly accusing The New York Times of violating anti-hacking laws, it vehemently disputed the authenticity of the evidence presented. Both parties have yet to officially respond to inquiries regarding the recent filing.

The lawsuit, initiated by The Times in December, alleges that OpenAI and Microsoft utilized millions of articles without authorization to train chatbots for disseminating information to users. This legal dispute reflects a broader trend wherein copyright owners are increasingly taking legal action against tech companies over alleged copyright infringements in AI training.

OpenAI has emphasized the necessity of utilizing copyrighted materials in training AI models, highlighting the impossibility of training top AI models without such content. However, it has also stated its willingness to engage in negotiations with publishers to find mutually beneficial arrangements.

As the legal proceedings continue, the outcome holds significant implications for the intersection of copyright law and artificial intelligence, potentially shaping the future landscape of AI development and usage.

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