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After Google And Apple, DOJ Could Target AI Companies

Team Gossip  |   Jun 1, 5:37 AM   |   6 min read

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Highlights

  • The Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer has warned tech firms involved in AI.

  • These firms could face regulatory action unless they provide fair compensation methods for artists, entertainers, and other creators.

  • The DOJ warning seems to have been at the right time, as AI companies and artists have been going against each other lately.

It’s pretty evident how artificial intelligence is taking over the tech world these days. Almost every new flagship smartphone is coming with some or the other form of AI features. And with AI moving at such a fast pace, it wouldn’t be a surprise if authorities started paying more attention to it. DOJ antitrust chief has issued a warning for AI companies to play fair with artists.

 

According to a report from NBC News, the Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer has warned tech firms involved in AI, suggesting that they could face regulatory action unless they provide fair compensation methods for artists, entertainers, and other creators.

 

During a Stanford University conference, which was attended by AI researchers and government officials, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kantar said: “If firms in the AI ecosystem violate the antitrust laws, the antitrust division will have something to say about that.”

 

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DOJ Issues Warning To AI Companies At The Right Time

 

The Stanford University conference focused on the economic impact of gen AI systems, including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini, and how antitrust laws can come into act. Alongside these concerns, Kanter also talked about offering fair compensation to creators:

 

“What incentive will tomorrow’s writers, creators, journalists, thinkers and artists have if AI has the ability to extract their ingenuity without appropriate compensation? The people who create and produce these inputs must be properly compensated.”
 
 

The DOJ warning seems to have been at the right time, as AI companies and artists have been going against each other lately. Scarlett Johansson recently called out OpenAI for its latest chatbot, GPT-4o. She claimed that the voice of the chatbot is very similar to hers, despite her saying no be the voice for it.

 

Besides, Authors, The New York Times, and other news outlets are suing OpenAI for training their AI models using creative works without consent or compensation. Also, the entertainment industry, as a whole, has been fighting over artificial intelligence for some time now.

 

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Justice Department Is Keeping A Close Eye On AI Firms

 

The Justice Department isn’t going to take any action right away, but Kantar noted that they have a close eye on what is happening in the AI sector. Kantar has taken a strong stance against anti-competitive practices, especially in the tech industry. The DOJ has already dragged tech giants like Google and Apple to court.

 

DOJ went after Apple with an antitrust lawsuit, accusing the company of creating a monopoly by controlling everything on iPhones (iOS). This, they claim, forces users to shell out more money than they should

 

In 2023, DOJ also filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming the company’s search business is a monopoly. The case has since seen some interesting developments, including the revelation that Google paid Apple $20 billion in 2022 to be the default search engine on Safari.

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