AI To Test Copyright Laws and Businesses

Shanghai,China-Jan.1st 2024: Microsoft Copilot, OpenAI ChatGPT and assorted AI chatbot apps.

( – AI has recently come into some issues when it comes to copyright issues and infringement.

OpenAI is an AI platform that has been trying to avoid copyright lawsuits after they, along with other AI systems, have been using news content under copyright to compete with media companies. However, they’ve not been giving the publishers proper credit or compensation for the news articles.

OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, is trying to combat these lawsuits by finding a way they can use news articles to train their AI systems. He’s been reportedly speaking with those from top news sources like CNN and Fox Corp on how they can come to an agreement so they can have access to news content, which would train their AI systems. They’ve already revealed that they have content deals with both Associated Press and Axel Springer.

This comes after multiple lawsuits were brought against the popular chatbot. Recently, a New York Times lawsuit took place where they stated that they either needed to pay the NYT or stop taking their content.

It’s up in the air right now as US lawmakers are determining whether or not AI training is legal. An industry source spoke out saying, “I think they’re now seeing what happens, if you negotiate with entities individually, then you’re beholden to each one acting differently. Whatever comes from that, it’s not as predictable.”

The New York Times has continued with the lawsuit against OpenAI even after a discussion of a potential solution. Along with this, the Washington Post has had issues with them as well and has been in negotiations with OpenAI.

The issues have arisen from many of the OpenAI chatbots that have given a response to a prompt that is verbatim what can be found on a lot of these news sites. One of the more recent instances was a review of the celebrity Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar Restaurant.

Despite the lawsuits and the continuation of these issues, OpenAI has dismissed many of them, saying that it’s “a rare bug that we are working to drive to zero.”

The Time’s lawsuit is the most serious one to date as they have brought receipts to show that many of their articles were verbatim prompts on the AI chatbot.

James Grimmelman, a professor of digital and information law at Cornell Law School, stated that “a lot of other lawsuits have relied on much thinner showings of copying, like showing you can get it to generate a summary of a book or one sentence at a time,” when talking about Time’s proof they brought to the table during their lawsuit.

This has been an ongoing issue and we will see how many of these lawsuits take shape as they search for a solution.

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