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Center for Investigative Reporting sues OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement: Technology: Tech Times

In today’s digital world, the intersection of creativity, property and technology is central to a major legal battle. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has filed suit against tech giants OpenAI and Microsoft. This case raises important questions about intellectual property rights at a time when AI is rapidly evolving alongside traditional copyright laws.

CIR’s lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which runs Mother Jones and Reveal, has filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft for alleged copyright infringement. Following similar lawsuits from other media companies, this suit accuses the tech giants of using CIR’s stories to improve their products without permission or compensation.

The Center for Investigative Reporting has sued technology giants Microsoft and OpenAI for alleged copyright infringement.
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Monika Bauerlein, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, stressed that while other organizations typically license their content, OpenAI and Microsoft allegedly used the CIR’s work without permission, calling this unfair and a clear violation of copyright.

In the lawsuit, CIR’s legal team claims that OpenAI and Microsoft replicated its content, damaging relationships with readers and partners and causing financial loss. CIR is one of several organizations that have taken legal action against OpenAI and Microsoft.

Artificial intelligence products gain value when they take into account different perspectives and use human creativity across a broad spectrum. The Center for Investigative Reporting consistently focuses its journalism on exposing abuses of power and advocating for social justice, which makes its content particularly valuable.

The lawsuit centers on OpenAI’s violations of the Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mother Jones magazine, founded in 1976, owns the copyright to the content of each issue. CIR, on the other hand, has been publishing online since 1993 and launched its radio program Reveal in 2013.

Litigation, financial investments

The New York Times has already invested $1 million in its legal battle against the tech giants. Other plaintiffs include a consortium of eight publications owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, including the New York Daily News and Chicago Tribune, The Intercept, Raw Story, AlterNet and The Denver Post.

Writers’ groups have also taken legal action against OpenAI. A lawsuit against comedian Sarah Silverman was partially dismissed. Several media companies have reached agreements with OpenAI, including The Associated Press, Axel Springer, the Financial Times, Dotdash Meredith, News Corp, Vox Media (parent company of The Verge), The Atlantic and Time.

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An OpenAI spokesperson mentioned working with the news industry and partnering with global news publishers to feature their content in products like ChatGPT, presenting summaries, citations and source references to drive traffic back to the original articles.

The recently filed lawsuit is significant in the ongoing debate about digital content and intellectual property rights. It underscores the importance of protecting journalistic integrity and creative works from unauthorized use in the age of artificial intelligence.

The outcome of this litigation could impact how media and technology companies interact in the future and establish standards for respecting and valuing intellectual property in an increasingly AI-driven landscape.

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