Eight newspapers sue OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement

Occurred: April 2024

Eight prominent US newspapers sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement.

The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun Sentinel, New York Daily News, Mercury News, Denver Post, Orange County Register, and St. Paul Pioneer-Press submitted a lawsuit arguing “This lawsuit arises from Defendants purloining millions of the Publishers’ copyrighted articles without permission and without payment to fuel the commercialization of their generative artificial intelligence (“GenAI”) products, including ChatGPT and Copilot.”

Thes suit adds to the numerous lawsuits OpenAI and Microsoft are facing from newspapers, writers and publishers over training their large language models without copyright. OpenAI stands by the” fair use” defence claiming they are transforming the original works sufficiently to not constitute copyright violations.

Operator: OpenAI; Microsoft

Developer: OpenAI

Country: USA

Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts

Purpose: Generate text

Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning

Issue: Copyright

Transparency: Governance