Google's Bard To Soon Face Legal Action Over Copyright Claims From Daily Mail

Search engine giant Google is all set to face a new wave of legal action by the owner of Daily Mail.

The company is accused of copyright concerns regarding its AI chatbot Bard where Daily Mail alleges that it stole the renowned media outlet’s articles. This was so that it could train its famous rival of ChatGPT called Bard. Moreover, the exact figure was not delineated but estimates that were outlined in the new series of court documents were in the hundreds of thousands category.

The lawsuit was under the name of Lord Rothermere who happens to be the owner of both Daily Mail as well as General Trust. The former and latter are publishing houses that have gained plenty of legal assurance on the case and are now making way for a grand lawsuit filing against the tech giant. This news was published today by The Telegraph.

The news is not exactly shocking because we’ve been hearing for a while now how leading tech giants are seizing the opportunity of training AI models using data that’s easily available online without anyone noticing or providing consent.

As it is, firms like Twitter are having a hard time handling matters like data scrapping and this just adds to the growing concern about how the world of AI is doing more harm than good and how it’s being able to get away with it without any check or balance on the matter.

Especially when it comes to big names like the makers of Bard and the brainchild of ChatGPT, Google, and OpenAI, publishers and news outlets are not happy or convinced about data theft, not to mention how such actions can further have detrimental consequences.

To make things simpler for understanding purposes, a lot of readers be wondering if Google is at fault or not. And if yes, what has it really done to instigate the matter further. We’re talking about datasets comprising millions of articles that are taken from such sources as the Daily Mail without any form of credit or compensation or even permission. It’s then used for training.

While the majority of the data is coming from Daily Mail, there is a smaller chunk that arises from companies like CNN too. And those who are trying to figure out why these two firms are against all others, well, that’s related to the simple fact that both such companies give out a summary of their article at the top in bullets.

Hence, their investigations showed how this sort of data was fed to the AI models of Bard in incomplete form and the chatbot was then asked to fill up the empty spaces by taking assistance from the article’s main body.

Clearly, this tactic used by Google is a very smart one but if you think it would have gone unnoticed for too long, well, you’re sadly mistaken. Moreover, let’s not forget how the shocking legal action news comes just days after Google was slapped with more legal action from the plaintiff in Texas for similar actions.

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