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News Corp partners with OpenAI to provide content for AI training

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OpenAI and News Corp have announced a five-year collaboration to integrate News Corp’s extensive news content with OpenAI’s AI technologies. This strategic alliance, worth more than $250 million, aims to train data-hungry OpenAI LLM models while providing users with reliable information.

Under this agreement, OpenAI will gain access to both current and achieved content from several of News Corp’s prestigious publications. These include prominent titles such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Investor’s Business Daily, Financial News, and New York Post in the United States; The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sun in the United Kingdom; and The Australian, news.com.au, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mall, The Advertiser, and Herald Sun in Australia.

A key aspect of this collaboration is News Corp’s sharing of journalistic expertise to help maintain the highest standards of journalism within OpenAI’s offerings. While the companies didn’t say anything about the deal price, WSJ reports that the deal could be worth more than $250 million.

“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 worldwide, 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.”

OpenAI is partnering with social media platforms like Reddit and other news publications. One of the primary objectives of these collaborations is to train large language models (LLMs). In April, it was reported that OpenAI trained GPT-4 with over one million hours of YouTube videos.

With this partnership, News Corporation will likely earn around a quarter of a billion dollars per year in return for letting OpenAI access its contents.

Last month, Financial Times entered into a strategic partnership with OpenAI, agreeing to provide its content for the AI to train.

In December 2023, OpenAI and Axel Springer made a similar deal. The news publication agreed to let OpenAI access the data in return for vast sums.

Not only social media and news publications, but OpenAI also has a similar arrangement with Stack Overflow to train GPT-4 and future iterations on the platform’s extensive coding repository.

However, OpenAI’s money-for-data journey has not been seamless so far. In May, eight newspapers owned by Alden Global Capital sued OpenAI for copyright infringement. NYT filed a similar lawsuit in December 2023. Furthermore, in February 2024, The Intercept, AlterNet, and Raw Story filed legal actions against OpenAI.

These collaborations and lawsuits highlight the complex landscape of AI integration in our lives as courts and lawmakers strive to balance AI training with intellectual property rights and privacy concerns.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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