EU Investigates Microsoft’s $10 Billion OpenAI Stake

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Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President for Competition Policy at the Commission, emphasized, “It is fundamental that these new markets stay competitive, and that nothing stands in the way of businesses growing and providing the best and most innovative products to consumers.”

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Call for Information, Potential Workshop

The antitrust authority has extended an invitation to interested parties to share insights on competition in the sector by March 11. Depending on the responses received, the Commission might organize a workshop by June, adding a layer of suspense to the unfolding narrative.

EU Eyes Microsoft OpenAI Stake : Global Watch on Generative AI

The EU is not alone in scrutinizing generative AI practices. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced in December that it is examining Microsoft’s involvement in OpenAI’s board, questioning if it raises competition concerns.

OpenAI’s Turbulence Adds to the Drama

OpenAI’s recent upheavals, including CEO Sam Altman’s announcement of Microsoft joining as a “non-voting observer” on November 29, add a touch of drama to the proceedings. Despite Altman’s reinstatement after initially leaving the CEO role, uncertainties linger over Microsoft’s access to OpenAI’s data without voting rights.