March 27, 2024
OpenAI Accuses New York Times of AI Model Hacking in Copyright Legal Battle
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OpenAI Accuses New York Times of AI Model Hacking in Copyright Legal Battle

OpenAI has taken a bold step in response to The New York Times’ copyright lawsuit, asking a federal judge to dismiss parts of the case. The tech organization accuses the newspaper of resorting to deceptive means, including allegedly hiring someone to manipulate OpenAI’s systems, to generate misleading evidence for the lawsuit.

In a filing submitted to a Manhattan federal court on Monday, OpenAI argued that The NYT induced its technology to reproduce copyrighted material through “deceptive prompts that violate OpenAI’s terms of use.” While OpenAI refrained from identifying the individual it believes was hired by The NYT, it asserted that the newspaper’s actions amount to hacking, without directly accusing it of violating anti-hacking laws.

OpenAI’s stance is met with scepticism by The NYT’s attorney, Ian Crosby, who views the hacking claim as an attempt to use OpenAI’s products to uncover evidence of alleged theft and reproduction of the newspaper’s copyrighted work.

The lawsuit, initiated by The NYT in December 2023, alleges that OpenAI and its major financial backer, Microsoft, unlawfully utilized millions of NYT articles to train chatbots that provide information to users. The NYT cites both the United States Constitution and the Copyright Act to defend its original journalism and highlights Microsoft’s Bing AI as another culprit, claiming it generates verbatim excerpts from its content.

This legal battle reflects a broader trend, with copyright holders increasingly suing tech firms for allegedly misusing their content in AI training. Authors, visual artists, and music publishers have also initiated similar lawsuits.

OpenAI has previously argued that training advanced AI models without incorporating copyrighted works is “impossible,” citing the broad scope of copyright law. Tech firms maintain that their AI systems use copyrighted material fairly and warn that such lawsuits threaten the potential growth of the multitrillion-dollar industry.

Despite the ongoing legal wrangling, courts have yet to definitively determine whether AI training constitutes fair use under copyright law. Some infringement claims related to outputs generated by generative AI systems have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence demonstrating resemblance to copyrighted works.

As the lawsuit between OpenAI and The NYT unfolds, it underscores the complexities and legal uncertainties surrounding the intersection of AI technology and copyright law, with significant implications for both industries involved.

Image: Wallpapers.com

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