So there’s some serious drama going down between The New York Times and some big tech companies like Microsoft and OpenAI. The Times is claiming that these tech giants used its articles without permission to train their language models, like ChatGPT. I mean, this is some major league copyright infringement stuff.
The newspapers are fired up because they’re saying that “millions” of their articles were used to train these models without their say-so. And these models are just regurgitating the Times’ work without permission. That’s a big no-no.
The Times isn’t messing around. They even gave examples that they say prove ChatGPT was trained on their content. They’re making a big fuss about OpenAI’s use of their content too. The Times has been hiding its content behind a paywall for over a decade and has a ton of digital and print subscribers, so you can see why they’re upset.
I mean, the Times is out here trying to protect its exclusive rights, you know. They’re trying to keep their stuff to themselves and making search engines play by their rules. But Microsoft and OpenAI aren’t playing nice, according to the Times.
After trying to work it out with the tech companies, The Times said, “These efforts have not produced a resolution.” So, they’re suing for damages, a jury trial, and they want these language models destroyed.
And it’s not just the Times that’s been dealing with this. The Financial Times reported that Axel Springer and OpenAI also had some deal going on for access to content summaries. But clearly, the Times wasn’t happy with the outcome of their discussions. Crazy stuff.