The New York Times recently announced changes to its licensing terms, specifically prohibiting tech companies from using its content to train AI models.
In response to concerns about the potential misuse of their content and the need to ensure responsible AI practices, the New York Times has banned tech companies from using its contents to train AI models.
The intention behind this move is to protect the intellectual property of the New York Times and maintain control over how their content is used and distributed. By restricting certain AI usage, they aim to foster ethical and appropriate AI development.
According to a report, in its most recent update to its terms and services, the NYT introduced a prohibition on the use of its content, encompassing text, photographs, images, audio/video clips, “look and feel,” metadata, or compilations, for the development of “any software program, including but not limited to training machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) systems.”
Furthermore, the revised terms now explicitly state that automated tools, such as website crawlers designed to access, use, or gather such content, cannot be employed without obtaining written permission from the publication. Failure to comply with these newly established restrictions may result in unspecified fines or penalties, as per the NYT’s declaration.
While this decision may pose challenges for some tech companies relying on the New York Times’ content for their AI models, it also presents an opportunity for these companies to explore alternative sources of data or agreements with other publishers. It highlights the importance of respecting intellectual property rights and finding ways to collaborate responsibly in the evolving landscape of AI technology.