Can you copyright something you made with AI? Open AI says:
"... you own the output you create with ChatGPT, including the right to reprint, sell, and merchandise – regardless of whether output was generated through a free or paid plan."
The input to generative AI (training data) - Should it be considered fair use? This is widely debated.
Argument A. No it's copyright violation OpenAI Sued for Using Everybody's Writing to Train AI - "The class action suit, filed in California, alleges that failing to follow proper procurement guidelines, including seeking the consent of those who produced that content in the first place, amounts to straight-up data theft."
This will affect not only OpenAI, but Google, Microsoft, and Meta, since they all use similar methods to train their models.
Thoughts from EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation: AI Art Generators and the Online Image Market - Katharine Trendacosta and Cory Doctorow How We Think About Copyright and AI Art - Kit Walsh
“Done right, copyright law is supposed to encourage new creativity. Stretching it to outlaw tools like AI image generators—or to effectively put them in the exclusive hands of powerful economic actors who already use that economic muscle to squeeze creators—would have the opposite effect.”
It's difficult to remove data from an AI once it's been trained.
According to Google, "Fully erasing the influence of the data requested to be deleted is challenging since, aside from simply deleting it from databases where it’s stored, it also requires erasing the influence of that data on other artifacts such as trained machine learning models."
To address this, Google has announced a Machine Unlearning Challenge, a competition for researchers to foster novel solutions to this problem.
Copyright is only one lens through which to consider generative AI
“In particular, since all creativity builds on the past, copyright needs to continue to leave room for people to study, analyze and learn from previous works to create new ones, including by analyzing past works using automated means.
Mr. Chair, copyright is only one lens through which to consider generative AI. Copyright is a rather blunt tool that often leads to black-and-white solutions that fall short of harnessing all the diverse possibilities that generative AI offers for human creativity. Copyright is not a social safety net, an ethical framework, or a community governance mechanism — and yet we know that regulating generative AI needs to account for these important considerations if we want to support our large community of creators who want to contribute to enriching a commons that truly reflects the world’s diversity of creative expressions.”