Generative AI companies bypassing web protocol to scrape data

21/06/2024 | Reuters

Reuters reports that multiple artificial intelligence (AI) companies are bypassing a common web standard used by publishers to prevent the scraping of their content for use in generative AI systems. Content licensing startup TollBit informed publishers about the issue in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The AI companies are reportedly evading attempts to block web crawlers using the widely accepted Robots Exclusion Protocol—robots.txt.

In related news, DIGIT News reports that seven data licensing companies have established the Dataset Protection Alliance (DPA), a trade union to encourage responsible and ethical methods for gathering data used in training artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems. Members of the DPA have committed to fostering cooperation, creating best practices, and advocating for the rights of content creators in the rapidly evolving AI and ML landscape. The initiative comes in response to a surge in copyright lawsuits targeting AI companies, with data protection advocates pushing for swift legislation to regulate the mass collection of data for training AI models.

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