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OpenAI Announces Partnership With Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Amid Mass Media Lawsuits

OpenAI partners with Wall Street Journal parent while facing multiple lawsuits from US newspapers.
UK, LONDON. JANUARY 30, 2023: Open AI. Innovative Minds: A Woman and the Power of Technology — Illustration by kovop58@gmail.com
UK, LONDON. JANUARY 30, 2023: Open AI. Innovative Minds: A Woman and the Power of Technology — Illustration by kovop58@gmail.com

On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, OpenAI announced a “historic”, multi-year partnership with American publishing and mass media company News Corp, which was founded by media magnate Rupert Murdoch. 

“We believe an historic agreement will set new standards for veracity, for virtue and for value in the digital age,” said CEO of News Corp Robert in a statement. 

“We are delighted to have found principled partners in Sam Altman and his trusty, talented team who understand the commercial and social significance of journalists and journalism. This landmark accord is not an end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship in which we are jointly committed to creating and delivering insight and integrity instantaneously.”

During the partnership, OpenAI will have the opportunity to display the content of some of News Corp’s imprints in response to user questions, with the goal of providing users with “reliable information and news sources”. 

OpenAI says that News Corp will further share their “journalistic expertise” to help “ensure the highest journalism standards are present across OpenAI’s offering.”

“Our partnership with News Corp is a proud moment for journalism and technology,” said Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. “We greatly value News Corp’s history as a leader in reporting breaking news around the world, and are excited to enhance our users’ access to its high quality reporting. Together, we are setting the foundation for a future where AI deeply respects, enhances, and upholds the standards of world-class journalism.”

Through the agreement, OpenAI will receive access to current and archived content from publications such as the New York Post and The Sun, as well as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch, and more.

OpenAI is announcing the collaboration in the wake of several US newspapers suing the service for unlawfully copying and training its large language model (LLM), ChatGPT, on their articles. 

The New York Times led the charge against OpenAI and its major investor Microsoft when the media organization filed a lawsuit against the tech companies in December of 2023.

In February, a collection of smaller news outlets joined the NYT, alleging that ChatGPT reproduces copyrighted material “verbatim or nearly verbatim,” Reuters reports. 

And on April 30 of this year, eight newspapers including the Chicago Tribune followed suit by suing OpenAI and Microsoft.

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