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News Group Says A.I. Chatbots Heavily Rely on News Content

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The News Media Alliance found the curated data sets used to train AI used news content five to 100 times more than the generic data set.

Credit: Jackie Molloy/The New York Times

News publishers have argued for the past year that A.I. chatbots like ChatGPT rely on copyrighted articles to power the technology. Now the publishers say developers of these tools disproportionately use news content.

The News Media Alliance, a trade group that represents more than 2,200 publishers, including The New York Times, released research on Tuesday that it said showed that developers outweigh articles over generic online content to train the technology, and that chatbots reproduce sections of some articles in their responses.

The group argued that the findings show that the A.I. companies violate copyright law.

"It's an exacerbation of an existing problem," said Danielle Coffey, the president and chief executive of the News Media Alliance, which has argued for years that tech companies like Google do not fairly compensate news organizations for displaying their work on online services.

Representatives for Google and OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

From The New York Times
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