New York Times is encountering opposition in a lawsuit about ethical AI techniques from OpenAI


OpenAI stated that it considers the lawsuit filed by the New York Times to be “without merit” and enumerated its media partnerships and opt-out options for publishers, disqualifying allegations of information misuse as “abnormal or prohibited.”

The New York Times (NYT) sued OpenAI on January 8, and in a blog post dated January 8, OpenAI responded by calling the action “without merit” and enumerating the news organizations it had collaborated with.

Discussions between OpenAI and the New York Times seemed to be “progressing constructively,” as stated in the blog post.

The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, claiming that they have used its material without permission to train AI chatbots. In response to the NYT’s assertions, OpenAI asserts that it sees this as an opportunity to “clarify our business, intent, and how we build out the technology.”

The first of four assertions it made to support its arguments is that it works closely with news organizations and generates new chances for news.

Because it is “the right thing to do,” the company also claims that their teaching is “fair use” and offers an “opt-out.” Also, the AI creator insists that the “regurgitation” of material is only a “rare bug” that is being addressed, and last, he says that the New York Times isn’t providing the “full story.”

One of OpenAI’s media relationships is with Axel Springer, a German media behemoth, which it recently integrated with in an effort to combat AI “hallucinations.”

Among the groups it is working with to “explore opportunities, discuss their concerns, and provide solutions” is the News/Media Alliance.

But this follows a 77-page report by the News/Media Alliance that was submitted to the US Copyright Office on October 30th. The report claimed that AI models had been trained on datasets that included much more material from news publishers than any other source.

The company also emphasized the “opt-out process” that OpenAI has put in place to shield publishers’ websites from its technologies. The New York Times mentioned the use of it in August 2023.

The New York Times’ contention in its lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft centers on the fact that, second only to a database of U.S. patent filings and Wikipedia, the website “” is the most often cited proprietary source.

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