When The New York Times sued artificial intelligence company OpenAI recently, alleging that its tool ChatGPT violated copyright law, it didn’t just ask for damages – it asked a federal court to “destroy” the offending chatbot and make it impossible to rebuild.

That might sound like a bit much – how often do courts demand a business’s top product be destroyed? But as Indiana University law professor João Marinotti notes, in the U.S. there’s a history of letting the courts break stuff like this. It’s just rooted in the intellectual-property needs of a pre-digital world.

Tracy Walsh

Economy + Business Editor, The Conversation U.S.

Could a court really order the destruction of ChatGPT? The New York Times thinks so, and it may be right

João Marinotti, Indiana University

It may seem extreme, but there’s a reason the law allows it.

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