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AI copyright infringement claims land on US agency’s desk

AI copyright infringement claims land on US agency’s desk

The United States Copyright Office urges the public to submit comments about artificial intelligence (AI) concerns around copyright infringements. This comes as creatives, especially authors, are turning to the agency to draw the line in the sand.

A decision could significantly impact businesses using AI and ChatGPT for content purposes. There are also concerns from Amazon recently around unintentionally disclosing sensitive company information when using technology. Business Insider reports that Amazon placed limits on how employees can use ChatGPT. It reportedly spat out responses that “mirror the retail giant’s internal data.”

Despite these concerns, many companies embrace technology in the business sector, including retail, restaurants, software, and e-commerce. 

Copyright law and policy issues

The US Copyright Office is conducting a study on the copyright law and policy issues raised by AI systems. The study kicked off this month and will allow submissions for written comments until October 18, 2023. Replies to the comments must be in by November 15. 

A study will help assess whether legislative or regulatory steps are warranted. The agency is also calling on those using copyrighted work to train AI models to contribute to the study.  

Three main questions need to be answered

The first question the copyright experts are battling is how AI models should use copyrighted data in training. Another concern it wants to iron out is whether AI-generated material can be copyrighted even without a human involved. The last question it hopes the study will clarify is how copyright liability would work with AI. 

There are concerns that if AI mimics voices, likenesses, or art styles, it may cross a line of unfair competition laws.

Training AI with illegally obtained data

OpenAI and Microsoft are facing their second class action lawsuit related to artificial intelligence training. The San Franciso federal court has received papers that alleged the duo is breaking privacy laws to develop the popular ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence systems. 

According to Reuters, two unnamed software engineers filed the lawsuit this week. The two ChatGPT users claim OpenAI and Microsoft are training AI technology using stolen personal information from internet users. 

As AI is gaining more popularity among politicians, businesses, and universities, the limits of responsible use of AI could still be tested for years. 

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