The New York Times sued the poster child of AI startups, OpenAI, and its partner Microsoft for copyright infringement last week. While it is not the first content creator to do so, the NYT lawsuit has captured much attention for being the most unique, and by some observers’ estimation, the strongest copyright action against OpenAI yet.
Attorneys who spoke to Legaltech News had vastly differing views about the validity of the publisher’s infringement claims, and the verdict—or settlement—that would eventually follow. But they agreed on one thing: the immediate result of The New York Times Corporation v. Microsoft Corporation, OpenAI, Inc. et al. suit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York, is likely to be the most prescient reading of tea leaves for what’s in store for AI companies who are progressively finding themselves in the choppy waters of copyright litigation.