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Danish Media Threaten to Sue OpenAI

In the latest battle between AI and the media, major Danish newspapers and TV stations are threatening to sue OpenAI if the company does not pay compensation to the Danish press for allegedly using their content to train their models.

“We want compensation for our work [which] “They have trained their model,” says Karen Rønde, CEO of the Danish Press Publications’ Collective Management Organization (DPCMO), which represents 99 percent of Danish media companies, including state broadcaster DR and TV 2. According to Rønde, the DPCMO plans to sue if no agreement is reached next year.

AI has created a new front in copyright law after a series of lawsuits alleged that Microsoft-backed OpenAI crawled the websites of news companies without permission to train its AI models. Shortly after those lawsuits, OpenAI entered into a series of licensing deals with major publishers that will allow the company to train its future versions of ChatGPT on their content. The financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Now Danish media are trying to force OpenAI into collective negotiations with them – an unusual tactic that, if successful, could serve as a model for other small countries. So far, OpenAI has signed individual deals with publishers and announced content partnerships with the Financial Times and The Atlantic, as well as German media group Axel Springer, French newspaper Le Monde and Spanish group Prisa.

After meeting with OpenAI online and in person earlier this year, Rønde got the impression that Denmark was not a high priority. “It was made clear that the focus was on the deal in Germany, the deal in France, the deal in Spain and of course the American ones,” she says. “There are so many content creators in all the other territories and they are now left with nothing.”

Rønde has sent a letter to OpenAI’s lawyer at Dutch law firm Brinkhof informing him of Danish copyright law and says she is waiting for a response. She assumes OpenAI has already used content from Danish press websites, as the company has not told her otherwise, she says. Neither OpenAI nor Brinkhof responded to WIRED’s request for comment.

For Rønde, time is of the essence. She wants to close a deal with OpenAI and also with Google’s Gemini next year, before the use of AI chatbots and search engine overviews further marginalize publishers’ websites. “Maybe then it will be [will be] If it is too late, the value of the press publishers’ content will be too low in one, two or three years,” she says. “If we cannot reach a partnership agreement within a reasonably short period of time, we will have to enforce our rights.”

DPCMO was founded in 2021 to help Danish media negotiate with Big Tech. “We had to appear united, otherwise we feared that Denmark would be too small a country to be a priority in the talks with Big Tech,” says Rønde.

Last year, the group entered into preliminary licensing agreements with Microsoft’s Bing and Google to place content from Danish publishers on the company’s search engines. Although the agreements stipulated that the publishers would be compensated by the two companies, the contracts did not specify how much compensation would be paid.

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