“Concerns that OpenAI is using unlicensed content to create its AI tools have led to writers bringing lawsuits against the company and creative industries calling for safeguards to protect their intellectual property.”

– Dan Milmo

The Guardian reports it is the latest large media company to deny access to large language models made by OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. A spokesman for The Guardian is quoted saying that freely accessing its content for commercial purposes is contrary to copyright provisions in its terms of service.

The move by The Guardian and other prominent news publishers follows OpenAI providing software and instructions for blocking its web crawlers.

The blocking software prevents content from being gathered from websites invoking its use. Content previously obtained is unaffected.


The Guardian blocks ChatGPT owner OpenAI from trawling its content | THE GUARDIAN | September 1, 2023 | by Dan Milmo