The New York Times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging that they’ve used an enormous number of NYT articles (into the millions) without permission (citation or payment) to train their AI systems, which unfairly disadvantages the newspaper and infringes their rights.

NYT claims this violates copyright law and is seeking billions of dollars in damages. NYT approached the companies for a resolution but couldn’t reach one. OpenAI says they’re “surprised and disappointed” by the lawsuit and are hoping for a mutually acceptable resolution.

This lawsuit is part of a larger trend of legal actions regarding AI and copyright. The core of NYT’s complaint is that AI tools like ChatGPT can replicate the information in articles without benefiting the original source and may also spread incorrect information.

OpenAI does not deny making use of the articles but is arguing that there is precedent to use copyright materials in the creation of new content.