New York accuses OpenAI of ‘spin’ in copyright row

The situation involves a legal battle between the New York Times (NYT) and OpenAI, a research company focusing on artificial intelligence. Here's a breakdown:

Accusation: The NYT sued OpenAI in December 2023, claiming copyright infringement. 

Their argument is that OpenAI used "millions" of NYT articles to train its large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, without permission.

OpenAI's response: OpenAI attempted to dismiss the lawsuit. They argued that the NYT's investigation methods,

where they fed prompts to elicit specific NYT content from ChatGPT, amounted to "hacking" their system.

NYT's rebuttal: The NYT calls this a tactic of spinning the narrative. They claim the investigation only revealed the extent of OpenAI's alleged infringement

and that the core issue of copyright violation remains unaddressed.

Crux of the matter:

NYT argues that OpenAI directly copied their content to train LLMs, which infringes on their copyright.

OpenAI deflects by focusing on the NYT's investigative methods, without directly addressing the copyright claim.

Current status: The lawsuit is ongoing. The NYT's recent filing emphasizes that OpenAI hasn't denied using their copyright-protected material.

This case has broader implications for the use of copyrighted content in training AI models. It raises questions about:

Data ownership and rights: Who owns the information used to train AI models, and how should copyright restrictions be applied?

Transparency in AI development: Should companies disclose the data sources used to train their AI models?