Microsoft and OpenAI are being sued by 8 daily newspapers

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Eight daily newspapers owned by Alden Global Capital sued OpenAI and Microsoft on Tuesday, accusing the tech companies of illegally using news articles to power their A.I.
All are owned by MediaNews Group or Tribune Publishing, subsidiaries of Alden, the country’s second-largest newspaper operator.
In the complaint, the publications accuse OpenAI and Microsoft of using millions of copyrighted articles without permission to train and feed their generative A.I.
products, including ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot.
The complaint said the chatbots regularly surfaced the entire text of articles behind subscription paywalls for users and often did not prominently link back to the source.
This, it said, reduced the need for readers to pay subscriptions to support local newspapers and deprived the publishers of revenue both from subscriptions and from licensing their content elsewhere.
An OpenAI spokeswoman said in a statement that the company was “not previously aware” of Alden’s concerns but was engaged in partnerships and conversations with many news organizations to explore opportunities.
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Alden Global Capital owns eight daily newspapers. On Tuesday, the companies filed lawsuits against Microsoft and OpenAI, alleging that they are using news articles illegally to power their A. I. chatbots.

These newspapers: The San Jose Mercury News, The Denver Post, The Orange County Register, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Orlando Sentinel, The Sun Sentinel of Florida, and The St. Paul Pioneer Press — the complaint was filed in a U.S. federal court. s. the New York Southern District. All are owned by Alden, the second-largest newspaper operator in the nation, through MediaNews Group or Tribune Publishing, which are subsidiaries of Alden.

The publications allege in the complaint that Microsoft and OpenAI trained and fed their generative A by using millions of copyrighted articles without authorization. I. goods like Microsoft Copilot and ChatGPT. Although a jury trial is requested in the lawsuit, no specific monetary damages are sought; rather, it is claimed that the publishers should have been paid for using the content.

Frank Pine, the executive editor in charge of Alden’s newspapers, released a statement saying, “We can’t allow OpenAI and Microsoft to expand the Big Tech playbook of stealing our work to build their own businesses at our expense. We’ve spent billions of dollars gathering information and reporting news at our publications.”.

Alden’s concerns were “not previously known,” according to an OpenAI spokeswoman, but the company was collaborating and having discussions with numerous news outlets to investigate potential opportunities.

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