Elon Musk drops lawsuit against OpenAI

Elon Musk drops lawsuit against OpenAI


Elon Musk, a co-founder of OpenAI, has dropped his breach of contract lawsuit against the company.

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Elon Musk has dropped his lawsuit against OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, accusing the company of a breach of contract and allegedly abandoning its mission of creating AI technology to benefit humanity.

Musk’s decision to withdraw the lawsuit, filed in a California state court in February, comes just one day before a scheduled hearing, where the judge would review OpenAI’s request to dismiss the case. It’s also one day after Musk said he would ban Apple devices at his companies if the company integrates OpenAI’s technology into the iPhone and Mac “at a system level,” among other bizarre threats.

His lawsuit alleged that OpenAI breached an agreement reached with Musk and other founding members, all of whom committed to making OpenAI a nonprofit and keeping its technology open source.

However, as pointed out by The Verge’s Nilay Patel, there were some problems with Musk’s case:

Musk is straightforwardly alleging that OpenAI breached a contract that does not exist. It is simply not a thing! The complaint makes reference to a “Founding Agreement,” but no such Founding Agreement is attached as an exhibit, and the breach of contract claim admits that the “Founding Agreement” is basically a vibe everyone caught in some emails.



Emma Roth

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