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ChatGPT developer OpenAI and The Associated Press announced Thursday that they have signed a deal to license AP’s archive of news articles to artificial intelligence companies.
“With this arrangement, OpenAI’s licensing will become part of AP’s text archives, while AP will leverage OpenAI’s technology and product expertise,” the organizations said in a joint statement.
The transaction price was not disclosed.
OpenAI and other technology companies need to ingest large amounts of copyrighted material, such as books, news articles, and social media conversations, to improve their AI systems, called large language models. The release of ChatGPT last year sparked a boom in “generative AI” products that can create new sentences for text, images, and other media.
These tools raise concerns that the system’s strong control over grammar and human language tends to spew out unnoticed falsehoods. They also question how much media outlets and other entities whose copyrighted material, artwork, music or other material was used to “train” AI models should be compensated. .
Like the press, the authors of the books are seeking compensation for their work being used to train AI systems. Late last month, more than 4,000 authors, including Nora Roberts, Margaret Atwood, Louise Eldritch, and Jody Pickult, asked the CEOs of OpenAI, Google, Microsoft, Meta, and other AI developers to build signed a letter accusing them of exploitation. Chatbots that “imitate and spit” their language, style and ideas. Some novelist and comedian Sarah Silverman is also suing OpenAI for copyright infringement.
“OpenAI recognizes that fact-based, bipartisan news content is essential to this evolving technology, and we are committed to investing in our intellectual property,” AP Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Christine Heitmann said in a statement. I am glad that we are honoring our values.” . “AP is a firm supporter of a framework in which intellectual property is protected and content creators are fairly compensated for their work.”
The companies said they are also exploring “potential use cases for generative AI in news products and services,” but declined to provide details. Both OpenAI and AP “believe in the responsible construction and use of these AI systems,” the statement said.
The Associated Press does not currently use generative AI in its news articles, but it has used other forms of AI for nearly a decade, including automating corporate earnings reports and summarizing some sporting events. It also runs a program to help local news organizations incorporate AI into their operations, and recently launched AI-powered image archive searches.