Alright, listen up, folks. We’ve got some juicy news for you. Check this out. So, it turns out that some big players in the media industry, like The New York Times, CNN, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), have decided to give a big middle finger to Microsoft-backed OpenAI. Yeah, they’re blocking them from accessing their content to train their fancy AI models. Can you believe it?
Apparently, The New York Times blocked OpenAI’s web crawler. You know, that thing they use to scrape web pages and gather data to help improve their AI models. Well, no more of that for OpenAI, thanks to The New York Times. And CNN? Yep, they’ve also confirmed that they’ve blocked OpenAI’s crawler across all their digital assets. Talk about shutting it down.
But hey, OpenAI says allowing their crawler, called GPTBot, to access these sites actually helps their AI models become more accurate and improve their capabilities. They’re all about that accuracy and safety, you know? But The New York Times ain’t having any of it. They updated their terms of service and now prohibit the use of their content to train AI models. Ouch.
It doesn’t stop there, people. The Chicago Tribune and Australian Community Media (ACM) brands have reportedly also blocked OpenAI’s web crawler. It’s like a big ol’ block party, but without the fun.
Now, here’s where it gets really interesting. The New York Times is considering taking legal action against OpenAI. Yeah, they want to protect their precious intellectual property rights associated with their reporting. They’re not messing around, folks. The Times and OpenAI are currently in tense negotiations for a licensing deal, where OpenAI would actually pay The New York Times for using their stories in their AI tools. But things have gotten so heated that now the paper is thinking about slapping OpenAI with a lawsuit. Talk about drama.
If this lawsuit actually goes down, it would be a major battle over copyright protection in the world of generative AI. This is the type of legal showdown that could change the game, folks. So, buckle up and stay tuned. The fight for the future of AI and journalism is on.