OpenAI and Microsoft move to dismiss newspaper publishers’ copyright lawsuit

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OpenAI and Microsoft filed motions to partially dismiss charges related to accusations from a coalition of eight newspapers that the ChatGPT makers used the publishers’ articles, without permission or payment, to fuel the commercialization of their artificial intelligence products.

The publishers owned by the MediaNews Group and Tribune Publishing companies sued OpenAI and Microsoft in April under claims the AI developers drew from large swaths of copyrighted articles to “train” the large language models that enhance the ability of ChatGPT and Copilot to generate language text in a variety of styles.

The publishers include Tribune Publishing’s Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel and the New York Daily News, as well as Media News Group-owned Mercury News, Denver Post, Orange County Register and St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

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