The New York Times may sue OpenAI over its AI chatbot ChatGPT, which uses the newspaper’s stories to generate text, sources have told NPR. The paper is unhappy that OpenAI is not paying for the use of its content and is also worried that ChatGPT could reduce its online traffic by providing answers based on its reporting.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Times and OpenAI have been in talks for weeks to reach a licensing agreement, but the negotiations have turned sour and the paper is now exploring legal options.
A lawsuit from the Times would be a landmark case in the emerging field of generative AI, which creates new content from existing data. ChatGPT is one of the most advanced examples of this technology, as it can produce coherent and relevant text on various topics by using a huge dataset scraped from the internet.