COPYRIGHT IS DEAD, LONG LIVE AI
That Artificial Intelligence or AI would turn out to be the biggest disrupter of all times is so no brainer. What it will demolish at what pace and with what results is what we have to fathom out and act accordingly. While we are still struggling with the nitty gritty of personal data ownership and its usage in the digital world, the onslaught of AI would be too much for the governments and archaic legal frameworks to act upon. The nation states never prepared for this situation, and today they are stark naked in the front of the AI monster nor realizing how to cover themselves.
This is when we talking above the positive side of AI, we are not delving into the negative impacts at all as of now. The 148 days strike against AI by Hollywood scriptwriters speaks for itself. “What was once a seemingly lesser demand of the Writers Guild of America became an existential rallying cry.” It is one the major labor battles over generative AI in the workplace. As of now the screen writers have “secured significant guardrails.” How long will it last now one knows. Only the future will decide whether AI can be credited writer or not? Whether can write or rewrite literary material we can leave it for other day. Suffice to say it already has a well proven capability.
Creativity, copyright, intellectual property infringement with AI being the common foe, is going to be long drawn battle. Who would win depends on whether we give credence/precedence to technology or law, and accordingly the winner would emerge? Generative Artificial Intelligence to be productive and useful, crunches huge amount of data (multimodal reading material) to understand, create patterns, be able to generate predictions and be able to give correct, relevant and contextual answers over and over again. How does the learning happen and who guarantees that all the material used for machine learning doesn’t carry any legal liabilities?
After screenwriters we have authors inclusive of Pulitzer Prize winners, 11 of them, non-fiction writers have come together to file a law suit in Manhattan federal court. They accuse OpenAI and Microsoft of misusing books written by these authors to train the pathbreaking AI model ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence-based software. In this manner the companies infringed their copyrights. The representatives for OpenAI and Microsoft have not responded to it. The writers’ attorney said, “the defendants are raking in billions from their unauthorized use of nonfiction books, and the authors of these books deserve fair compensation and treatment for it.” Unravelling of legal rights in the AI age has just begun.
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