Virtual Legality
Virtual Legality
Virtual Legality is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).
Richard Hoeg

Journalism vs The Future | Understanding the Coming AI Wars (VL774)

Jan 12, 2024 • 106 mins

In this episode, Richard Hoeg discusses The New York Times' lawsuit against Microsoft and OpenAI, delving into copyright laws related to AI. He explores the transition of The New York Times to a digital model and legal complexities involved. Richard analyzes the challenges posed by AI models and transformative technologies, as well as the legal claims in the lawsuit. He also considers the impact on educational use of copyrighted materials and the need for fair use revision. The episode concludes with a discussion on AI-produced content ownership and its potential impacts.

Key Points

  • The New York Times has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and OpenAI, claiming that the training and usage of generative AI models like ChatGPT infringe on their copyright by copying and utilizing the Times' content without permission or payment.
  • OpenAI's stance is that training AI models using publicly available internet materials, including content from the New York Times, is a fair use supported by widely accepted precedents, and they have expressed a willingness to collaborate with news organizations to create new opportunities.
  • The lawsuit raises significant legal questions about the intersection of AI technology and copyright law, including whether the training of AI models on copyrighted materials constitutes infringement and who owns the output generated by AI models.
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