Ever since ChatGPT took the world by storm, the issue of AI copyright has been a focus of endless debate abroad recently.
The development of AI technology has sparked discontent among the news publishing industry, which believes its content is being used by large tech companies to train AI models without fair compensation, according to the Wall Street Journal. U.S. news groups that own the New York Post, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal and others are preparing to file lawsuits against companies like OpenAI, Microsoft and Google for the cost of having their content used in AI tools like ChatGPT and Bard.
This is currently a complex and murky legal issue concerning whether AI companies have the right to crawl content from the Internet and feed it into training models. Some critics argue that this is a form of industrial-scale intellectual property theft. Publishers worry that AI tools could affect traffic to their sites and advertising revenue.
In fact, AI copyright issues didn’t start with ChatGPT. There have been several lawsuits involving the use of copyrighted data for AI model training in images and code. For example, Midjourney, Stability AI, Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI have all been involved in related disputes.
Currently, there are no set guidelines for whether AI creations are protected by copyright. Legal sources believe that all cases against generative AI may take years to conclude. Technology companies negotiating with content publishers for permission to use them may be the best solution.