You’ve likely seen AI-generated pictures before, or maybe even created some yourself. You’ll be surprised to learn that on 16/03/2023, The Copyright Office released a policy statement clarifying its practices for examining, registering, and approving works containing AI content. We’re discussing authorship, the use of AI-generated content in art, and other important regulations.
What do you think about the legality of AI art? Will this have a positive impact on the industry or will it just bring AI art to the attention of more people? Let’s discuss it!
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- Human Authorship is Still a Requirement As per the Copyright Act protection is only given to works by human authors. AI-generated content does not meet the criteria and is therefore ineligible to receive copyright protection.
- Inputs versus AI-generated Outputs: When a human author inputs (e.g. prompts) into an AI system, copyright protection can apply to the human-authored input but not the AI-generated output. The AI output is a machine-generated product, not a human-authored one.
- Compilations or derivative works: When an AI-generated piece is part of a larger collection or a derivative created by a human, the copyright protection will extend to the collection or derivative, but not the AI-generated material within it.
- Registering AI-generated works: To register a work containing AI-generated content the applicant must identify it specifically and renounce copyright protection. The U.S. The U.S.
- Supplementary Registration: When a work is registered but later discovered to contain AI-generated material, it can be corrected by filing a supplementary registration.
In some cases, however, a work that contains AI-generated material may also contain enough human authorship to support an original copyright claim. A human can select or arrange AI-generated material in such a creative way that it “constitutes an original work by authorship”. Or an artist can modify material originally created by AI technology so that the modifications meet copyright protection standards.
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