do you remember when Spain became, a decade ago, the only country in Europe in which Google News did not offer its service thanks to the fact that the editors of the major media pushed the Government to approve what is now known as ‘Canon AEDE’ (from the acronym of the ‘Association of Spanish Newspaper Editors’), alleging that Google thus benefited from its content?
The search engine company decided earlier that it was not profitable for them to offer the service, and the publishers were left without charging the fee (later there was an attempt to charge it for Google Discover… but that also went wrong). Well then, the AEDE (now known as AMI —Information Media Association—) has had another idea to charge a fee to big tech companies.
And it is that, in short, the AMI has urged Google, OpenAI or Microsoft to sit down to negotiate with them to compensate them for the use that Bard, Bing Chat and ChatGPT make of their news. According to the Red de Periodistas portal, Irene Lanzaco, general director of the association, has made the following statements in a sectoral forum:
“AI heralds new opportunities, but presents the real risk of content being used without acknowledgment and compensation. Therefore, I am calling on Big Tech to start discussions with AMI about the rights to exploit news media.”
This position stems, let us remember, from an association that primarily represents print media (although all of them have a digital presence), while CLABE (Club Abierto de Editores), which brings together some 1,000 titles (almost all digital natives) opts for a very different position for now:
“We do not want to enter that battle yet. The question of how artificial intelligence content is generated is a debate for all citizens and not just for the media.”
Today the arrival in Spain of the Google chatbot, Google Bard, has been announced, so the words of the director of the AMI also affect those of Mountain View —as we said before, old acquaintances of Spanish media editors —.
According to a Google spokesperson echoed by elDiario.es, his company “will continue to prioritize experiences that send valuable traffic to the news ecosystem. [Aún] It is too early And we continue to work with news editors to get their input.”
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The copyright problem
The problem of copyright in the new applications created by the impulse of AI is a debate that has barely begun to take place, business models have not been consolidated nor are the social actors still clear about the actual functioning of the models of artificial intelligence.
And what little has been brought to the table has been more around image-generating AIs than language models like ChatGPT and Bard.
But it is true that these chatbots base their usefulness on the training of their language models. using ‘tons’ of content available onlinefrom comments on networks to blogs, through books, Wikipedia and —yes— the media.
On the other hand, just yesterday the CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, stated during a cover story on AI held at the White House that his company is “trying to develop new models that let if an AI system is using your content, or if it’s using your style, pay you for it“.
Via | ElDiario.es
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