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Newspapers Sue OpenAI

Eight regional daily newspapers sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement yesterday, the latest in an industrywide reckoning with the rise of content-dependent artificial intelligence. The outlets, including the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune, are owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, the nation's second-largest newspaper operator. 

AI firms develop chatbots like OpenAI's ChatGPT by running billions of sentences from the internet through so-called large language models, training them on sentence patterns to effectively predict answers to queries (how it works). News publishers like The New York Times have sued OpenAI for using their journalism to train its models, arguing repackaging original journalism is not a fair use. Publishers also cite instances of AI falsely attributing errors to their reporting. 

Other media companies are opting to sign deals with AI companies to pay to license their content, including The Associated Press, Reuters, and the UK's Financial Times (see list). Reports indicate OpenAI is paying individual publishers $1M to $5M annually for such access. 

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