Making Sense Of Generative AI Copyright Issues
When it comes to generative AI, the copyright laws are a bit of a mess right now.
This is understandable considering that generative AI is a new technology that we are still making sense of. As a recent NY Times article suggests, few lawmakers are taking action on AI largely because they don’t understand it.
Even if the artwork produced by an artificial intelligence system is original, it would’ve been trained using a human artist’s work. Is such use ‘fair use’ in a legal sense? Does it constitute plagiarism? Three artists are taking legal action to test these issues in court. The consequences could have significant legal ramifications for the future use of AI-generated artwork.
AI training on copyrighted work, is it fair use?
Can AI-generated content be copyright protected?
Fair Use Of Training Data
In the first category related to training data, the lawsuits have started:
Three artists are taking legal action against Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt for allegedly using copyrighted images to train their AI models without obtaining permission or compensating the artists.