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Aussie Mayor Readies Defamation Suit vs ChatGPT

A regional Australian mayor said he may sue OpenAI if it does not correct ChatGPT's false claims that he had served time in prison for bribery, in what would be the first defamation lawsuit against the automated text service, Byron Kaye reported for Reuters.


Photo Insert: If Hepburn Shire Mayor Brian Hood sues, it would likely be the first time a person has sued the owner of ChatGPT for claims made by the automated language product which has become popular since its launch last year.



Brian Hood, who was elected mayor of Hepburn Shire, 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Melbourne, last November, became concerned about his reputation when members of the public told him ChatGPT had falsely named him as a guilty party in a foreign bribery scandal involving a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia in the early 2000s.



Hood did work for the subsidiary, Note Printing Australia, but was the person who notified authorities about the payment of bribes to foreign officials to win currency printing contracts.


His lawyers sent a letter of concern to ChatGPT owner OpenAI on March 21, which gave OpenAI 28 days to fix the errors about their client or face a defamation lawsuit.


Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

If Hood sues, it would likely be the first time a person has sued the owner of ChatGPT for claims made by the automated language product which has become popular since its launch last year. Microsoft Corp. integrated ChatGPT into its search engine Bing in February.





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