The Complex Relationship between the News Industry and OpenAI

For months, several major players in the U.S. media industry have been engaged in confidential negotiations with OpenAI regarding the price and terms of licensing their content. This week, The New York Times filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, claiming copyright infringement. The Times alleges that the companies used its content without permission to develop artificial intelligence products. Prior to the lawsuit, The New York Times had been in discussions with OpenAI and Microsoft about a potential deal. In addition to The New York Times, other news organizations such as Gannett, News Corp, and IAC have also been involved in talks with OpenAI. These negotiations have taken place in confidentiality, and anonymity was requested by individuals familiar with the discussions.