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New York Times Sues OpenAI and Microsoft Over AI Use of Copyrighted Work

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The defendants seek a free-ride on The Times' massive investment in journalism, the legal complaint says.

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The New York Times has sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, contending that millions of articles published by the newspaper were used to train automated chatbots that now compete with the news outlet as a source of reliable information.

The complaint cites several examples when a chatbot provided users with near-verbatim excerpts from Times articles that would otherwise require a paid subscription to view.

It also highlights the potential damage to the Times’ brand through so-called AI “hallucinations,” a phenomenon in which chatbots insert false information that is then wrongly attributed to a source.

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