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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has warned that the company may exit the European Union if AI regulation becomes too stringent. His statement comes amid ongoing debates about the EU AI Act, which aims to be the first set of rules governing AI globally. While Altman believes the current draft overregulates AI, EU lawmakers argue otherwise. Past tensions between OpenAI and regulators include a dispute with the Italian data regulator over privacy rules and proposed amendments to the AI Act concerning disclosure of copyrighted training material. Despite these challenges, some observers deem it unlikely that OpenAI would leave Europe due to its economic importance.