April 19, 2024
OpenAI Explores News Content Licensing Partnerships

OpenAI Explores News Content Licensing Partnerships

OpenAI is reportedly in discussions with major news corporations CNN, Fox Corp., and Time to license their news content, aiming to enhance the accuracy and timeliness of its AI chatbots. The company is seeking deals with media giants to incorporate various forms of digital media, including news and video content, into its AI models.

For instance, OpenAI is exploring licensing agreements with CNN to utilize articles for training ChatGPT and featuring the content in its products. Both CNN and Fox are said to be in talks about licensing text, video, and imagery.

Fox Corp. recently introduced a Polygon-based blockchain platform on January 9, designed to verify AI firms’ use of its content. Time’s CEO, Jessica Sibley, expressed optimism about reaching an agreement with OpenAI, emphasizing the importance of reflecting the fair value of their content.

OpenAI’s move to establish licensing deals with media companies is seen as a strategic step to avoid potential copyright-related challenges in the future. This development comes amidst several lawsuits against OpenAI, including a significant case filed by The New York Times on December 27, alleging copyright infringement and claiming that OpenAI’s use of its content in training is “not fair use by any measure.” Another lawsuit followed, with authors Nicholas Basbanes and Nicholas Gage arguing for compensation for using their work in AI training.

OpenAI responded to the NYT lawsuit on January 9, dismissing the allegations as “without merit” and asserting ongoing discussions with media organizations for collaborations, partnerships, and content licensing. Notably, OpenAI’s free ChatGPT-3.5 is currently based on training data up to January 2022, while premium models running ChatGPT-4, announced in September 2023, can browse the internet and are no longer constrained by a specific training timeline.

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