Potential AI-Related Losses Threaten Microsoft and OpenAI's Revenue Streams

A lawsuit accuses OpenAI of copying millions of The Times articles to train AI chatbots.

ChatGPT remains the fastest-growing consumer technology product of all time, but it achieved that largely by crawling the Internet and educating itself on every website it could visit. . However, this method may violate copyrights as determined by the New York Times in the latest lawsuit.


The American publication just announced that it is suing OpenAI and Microsoft for using its articles to train large language models like GPT-4, which now powers products like ChatGPT. According to the lawsuit, the New York Times claims that OpenAI and Microsoft used millions of their articles to “train automated chatbots that are now competing with news outlets as a trusted source of information.”


The lawsuit does not mention compensation, but it says the indictment is charged for “billions of dollars in actual and statutory damages” related to “the copying and use of illegal works of unique value of The Times". It also calls on the companies to destroy any chatbot models and training data that use copyrighted material from The Times.


The lawsuit could test the emerging legal boundaries of general AI technology (including the text, images and other content they can generate after learning from large data sets) and could bring major impacts on the news industry.


The Times is one of the few press agencies that has built a successful business model from online journalism, but dozens of newspapers and magazines have struggled as readers have turned to the internet.


In fact, the agency has blocked OpenAI's web crawler from training its models, and other publications are doing the same. Publications like Business Insider have actually signed deals with OpenAI where the AI tech company will pay to use the publication's data.


The lawsuit comes a month later Sam Altman was fired as CEO of OpenAI but returned to the position just days later.


Microsoft has quietly launched the Copilot application specifically for Android for users to download from Google Play.

The new app gives users access to Microsoft's AI-powered assistant Copilot without the need for Bing's mobile app. In fact, Copilot on Android has been available for a week, while the iOS version has yet to appear.


Microsoft's Copilot app on Android is very similar to ChatGPT, with access to chatbot capabilities, image creation via DALL-E 3, and text editing for emails or documents. It also includes free access to OpenAI's latest GPT-4 model, something users have to pay for if they're using ChatGPT.


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The launch of the Copilot app for Android comes more than a month after Microsoft rebranded Bing Chat to Copilot. The company initially introduced AI within its Bing search engine and integrated a ChatGPT-like interface into the search results. While the feature is still available on Bing, the company has dropped the Bing Chat branding and allowed Copilot to become a more independent experience, living on its own dedicated domain at copilot.microsoft.com, just like like ChatGPT.


Launching a mobile app for Copilot seems like the next logical step for Microsoft to expand the standalone Copilot experience, especially since Bing Chat Enterprise is also being renamed Copilot. While there's currently no sign of an iOS version of Copilot, it's likely to appear soon. Until then, users can always use the Bing app on their iPhone or iPad to access existing Copilot features.

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