According to a Bloomberg report on January 4th, OpenAI has stated that it is currently negotiating content licensing with dozens of publishers. An insider revealed that OpenAI recently signed a multi-million-dollar, multi-year licensing agreement with Axel Springer SE, the parent company of Politico.
Tom Rubin, the head of Intellectual Property and Content at OpenAI, mentioned in an interview that the negotiations with various publishers are ongoing. He emphasized that the licensed content obtained by OpenAI is intended for training models, not for copying or replacing existing content. The report also highlighted a lawsuit filed against OpenAI by The New York Times, posing a significant challenge to the startup’s business.
A report from UBS on the 3rd stated that as the demand for artificial intelligence (AI) expands and monetization trends rise, the revenue estimate for AI applications and models is projected to increase from $2.2 billion in 2022 to $225 billion in 2027, with an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 152%.
The New York Times filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and OpenAI on December 27th of last year in the Manhattan federal court, accusing them of copyright infringement.
According to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times claimed in the lawsuit that the AI tools developed by Microsoft and OpenAI do not qualify for the so-called fair use terms, as these tools can generate large amounts of textual content verbatim from articles published by The New York Times.
In July of last year, the Associated Press and OpenAI announced an agreement. According to the terms of the agreement, the developers of ChatGPT would have access to the Associated Press’ news database from 1985 to the present, while the Associated Press could leverage OpenAI’s technology and product expertise.
In July of the same year, the San Francisco tech news website “The Information” reported that OpenAI confirmed the hiring of Tom Rubin, a former intellectual property lawyer at Microsoft, to oversee product, policy, and partnership relations. LinkedIn data indicates that Rubin previously served as a law lecturer at Stanford University and became an advisor to OpenAI in 2020.