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OpenAI opens up its app store amid multiple lawsuits

OpenAI has launched the GPT Store, an app store where people can explore different versions of its flagship chatbot ChatGPT, amid an increasing number of high-profile lawsuits from various entities and groups. 

Alongside its business partner, Microsoft, OpenAI is being sued for copyright infringement by two non-fiction book authors, which came a week after the New York Times filed a similar complaint claiming both companies have used its content in training its language models.

As a response, the company wrote in its blogpost that training AI models is “fair use.”

“That being said, legal right is less important to us than being good citizens. We have led the AI industry in providing a simple opt-out process for publishers (which The New York Times adopted in August 2023) to prevent our tools from accessing their sites,” it wrote. 

Currently, OpenAI’s app store has over three million versions of ChatGPT, developed and trained by its partners and community members.

Screengrab from GPT store.

However, people will have to pay $20 a month to subscribe to its Plus service to have access to its most capable model, the GPT-4, access to other tools like DALL·E, and access to chatbots that can teach math and do research papers in minutes.

For one, the Plus service subscribers can have access to Consesus that can go through 200 million academic papers and write up content with “accurate citations.”

The company also said in its blogpost that it will be soon giving its GPT builders based on user engagement.

“As a first step, US builders will be paid based on user engagement with their GPTs. We’ll provide details on the criteria for payments as we get closer,” it wrote. 

OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research company that aims to develop AI for “all humanity.” It was founded by a group, including Elon Musk and Sam Altman, in 2015.