Artificial Intelligence: Three More Media Outlets, Elon Musk Sue OpenAI

In December, the New York Times sued the company that owns ChatGPT for copyright infringement

Following the New York Times, three other media outlets sued OpenAI and Microsoft for alleged copyright infringement. Elon Musk also mentioned the company that runs the chatbot and its CEO Sam Altman.

The news of the three new accusers is reported by online tech magazine The Verge, which explains how The Intercept, Raw Story, and AlterNet have filed three different lawsuits in New York. The accusation is always the same: ChatGPT infringes copyright by copying and pasting copyrighted articles in some cases to formulate responses. And all this without providing information about the author, publication, and terms of use of the works cited. According to the plaintiffs, making sources public would be a transparent way of working and would be easy to achieve.

Instead, Elon Musk claims that OpenAI has “betrayed” the startup’s original mission. It was founded in 2015 by Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and Musk himself as a non-profit company to develop artificial intelligence systems “for the benefit of humanity” and not for profit. However, according to the South African tycoon, the company’s priority today is profit.

The lawsuit filed by Musk also states that “OpenAI was effectively transformed into a division of Microsoft” as a result of a dispute that has been going on for years with Altman. Musk left the OpenAI board in 2018 and has repeatedly explained that he believes not enough attention has been paid to the “existential” risks of artificial intelligence and the risks associated with its future developments.

Meanwhile, Musk has founded another artificial intelligence company, xAI, controlled by X Holding Corp. and whose mission is to develop “friendly AI.”