, December 12 Comprehensive foreign media reported that in a complaint filed on the 28th, the New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, accusing them of using the newspaper's millions of articles to help train artificial intelligence without permission.

The New York Times reportedly claimed in its complaint that it considers itself one of the primary sources of proprietary information on OpenAI and Microsoft's AI products. The complaint alleges that OpenAI and Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI) tools diverted traffic that would otherwise flow to The Times' website, costing the company advertising, licensing and subscription revenues.

The newspaper did not seek a specific amount from OpenAI and Microsoft, but wanted the companies to destroy the datasets containing the paper's content.

The two tech companies say they are training their AI tools on the legal principle of "fair use."

An OpenAI spokesperson said in a statement that the company respects the rights of content creators and is committed to working with them to ensure they benefit from artificial intelligence (AI) technology and new revenue models.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit has opened up a new front in the years-long battle for the Internet economy between technology companies and media companies, pitting a major company in the news industry against a new wave of AI pioneers. This legal battle will have a profound impact on the future of the press and publishing industry.

As generative AI is still in its early stages, the legal landscape surrounding the technology is unclear. Several other lawsuits could also test the rights of AI companies to scrape content from the web to train AI tools, including lawsuits filed by several high-profile book authors against OpenAI.