OpenIA, the company behind ChatGPT, faces the major media for the first time. The New York Times reports that millions of articles and research have been used to train its language model.
The arrival of Artificial Intelligence It has brought different benefits to our lives as users, allowing us to save a large amount of time on different tasks that cover very diverse areas. However, like every disruption, the presence of this technology in our daily lives has also been a notable source of controversy. And, of all of them, it has been precisely the one led by the American newspaper The New York Times that could change the rules of the game. It was presented on December 27 before the Federal District Court in Manhattan and aims to completely limit the language developed by OpenIA. As well as restoring the damage and prejudice it has caused.
For many months, it was rumored that the newspaper was considering filing a complaint to the company led by Sam Altam. After having tried, without success, to reach an agreement to license the newspaper’s content so that it could be used by OpenIA, the lawsuit has been filed on several fronts.
The lawsuit filed by The New York Times is directed at all those companies that operate, in one way or another, under OpenAI, such as Microsoft. that has also been able profit from journalistic work carried out by the newspaper in recent years. However, their concern is not only everything related to copyright. But also in the possibility that OpenAI bypasses paywalls that the company has been using for a long time and, as a result, may misattribute information to the Times.
Payment services are one of the company’s main sources of income. And, at the same time, its rigor is precisely one of the reasons why the newspaper has the respect it has in terms of authority. Helping them maintain their reputation as one of the best-known and most respected newspapers in the world. Through the tools that are developed by OpenIA, “Times content without the permission or authorization of the Times, the defendants’ tools undermine and damage the Times’ relationship with its readers and deprive the Times of subscriptions, licenses, advertising and affiliate revenue”.
16 million Times records
According to The New York Times, the newspaper was one of the main databases that were used to train previous models to the one we know today. According to the document presented, the files analyzed contain information from up to 16 million unique records of sites published by the newspaper.
The media has recalled that its organization maintains a large number of people who are focused on covering all types of topics in depth, getting involved in a multitude of areas related to the investigative journalism. And that, thanks to the expense supported by its structure, it is possible to maintain its current reputation. With the arrival of ChatGPT, and the use it makes of the work of its journalists, everything can change radically.
The files they have attached in court show how ChatGPT has managed to rewrite many articles that were initially published in the Times behind the paywall and that are now being offered to users for free. With the impact that this can have on your business.
Finally, the lawsuit gives as an example an article that was completely invented by ChatGPT, attributing it to The New York Times, and that not only calls into question the authority of the medium. But it can even affect people’s health. Since it was a medical article titled Study finds possible link between orange juice and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, no such investigation has ever been conducted, at least not by the Times. Being a considerable risk at the social level.
With the lawsuit, the deletion of any information that has been used to train this Artificial Intelligence model is expected. As well as the destruction of any data that has been obtained using the Times’ investments carried out in recent years. Regarding the economic amount, does not seek specific compensationalthough he does want the defendants to be held responsible for “billions of dollars” in damages.