Another Lawsuit Strike Microsoft and OpenAI over Infringed of Copyrights

Is this not too much? In 2023, Microsoft and OpenAI faced many lawsuits ranging from breaking Eu’s rules to allegedly infringing authors and journalism copyrighted works. Last week, The New York Times sued OpenAi and Microsoft over the misuse of its journalists’ work to train its artificial-intelligence models behind the popular chatbot ChatGPT and other AI-based services.

On Friday 4th of January 2024 in Manhattan Federal Court, OpenAI and its financial backer Microsoft faced judge over another alleged infringing of copyrighted works of a pair of nonfiction authors.

The Authors, Writers Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gage pressed charges against the AI companies over the misused of their work to train their AI language model applications. According press released, Basbanes and Gage told the court in a legal proposed class action that the firms infringed their copyrights by including several of their books as part of the data used to train OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

However, recall that these firms have also faced lawsuits from several individuals and businesses including the Canadian writer Sarah Silverman and “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin who sued companies over the alleged use of their work to train AI programs.

While OpenAI and Microsoft keep mute on this matter, Basbanes and Gage’s lawyer, Michael Richter, said it was “outrageous” that the AI companies could use his clients works to “power a new billion-dollar-plus industry without any compensation.”

Overall, I think AI tech companies should do the needful to avoid been dragged to court always. All these writers, journalists and journalism only want compensations for using their hard earned work. Likewise the NyTimes, the publication said in its legal proposed action that OpenAI “seek to free-ride on The Times’ massive investment in its journalism by using it to build substitutive products without permission or payment”.

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