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The New York Times prohibits using its content to train AI models

People walk in front of the New York Times on August 07, 2023 in New York City
Refusing to comply with the restrictions could result in unspecified fines or penalties. | Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress

The New York Times has taken preemptive measures to stop its content from being used to train artificial intelligence models. As reported by Adweek, the NYT updated its Terms of Service on August 3rd to prohibit its content — inclusive of text, photographs, images, audio/video clips, “look and feel,” metadata, or compilations — from being used in the development of “any software program, including, but not limited to, training a machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) system.”

The updated terms now also specify that automated tools like website crawlers designed to use, access, or collect such content cannot be used without written permission from the publication. The NYT says that refusing to comply with these new restrictions…

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