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  • Voltaire Staff

OpenAI, Axel Springer join hands for news


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Axel Springer and OpenAI have announced collaboration under which the publisher will provide news for users of ChatGPT.


The partnership that was announced Wednesday will allow ChatGPT users worldwide to get quick summaries of global news from Axel Springer's media brands, including Politico, Business Insider, Bild, and Welt, and even the paid content.


When answering user queries, ChatGPT will credit and link back to the full articles for transparency, the German publisher said in a press release.


The two firms claimed they joined hands for the sake of "independent journalism" and Axel Springer especially as part of its AI push, as it has been doing in its other ventures.


The partnership comes on the heels of OpenAI's agreement with the Associated Press in July.


The collaboration between OpenAI and AP involved the former licensing a portion of AP’s text archive, while the news agency leveraged OpenAI’s technology and product expertise.


In the current deal, Axel Springer is contributing content from its media brands to serve as training data for OpenAI's large language models, including GPT-4, a crucial component in the functioning of ChatGPT.


Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer's CEO, said in the release, "We are excited to have shaped this global partnership between Axel Springer and OpenAI – the first of its kind. We want to explore the opportunities of AI empowered journalism – to bring quality, societal relevance and the business model of journalism to the next level."


Brad Lightcap, OpenAI's COO, said his company was "deeply committed to working with publishers and creators" and help them find build new revenue models.  


Generative AI tools like ChatGPT had been accused in October by the News/Media Alliance, a trade group representing over 2,200 publishers.

The group had in its report, claimed that AI companies, including the creators of ChatGPT, used copyrighted news material without authorisation to train their chatbots.


According to the Alliance, datasets used to train large language models, crucial for generative AI tools, had significantly overweighted content from news, magazines, and digital media sources — up to 100 times more frequently than other content.


The allegations not only raised concerns about potential copyright violations but also undermined the value of human-created content, posing risks to publishers and the sustainability of AI models.


The News/Media Alliance had submitted its findings to the US Copyright Office and urged AI creators to seek licensing agreements or compensation for use of their work.

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