Are Artificial Intelligence Contents eligible for copyright protection?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quickly become part of our everyday lives in this digitally evolving era. AI-generated content is now being utilized across numerous industries – from creating images and videos, writing articles and even composing music! As its use expands further, more individuals are questioning whether this type of AI-generated material qualifies for copyright protection.
Recently, the United States Copyright Office issued new guidance that clarifies whether AI-generated content qualifies for copyright protection. According to this guidance, works containing AI-generated content can only qualify if its ‘elements of authorship in the work’ are created by humans rather than machines.
What Does This Mean For AI Content?
The US Copyright Office’s latest guidance clarifies that in order for AI-generated content to qualify for copyright protection, there must be significant human input – this means it was created by someone rather than machines and has unique elements which represent human intelligence.
The US Copyright Office noted that its investigation will involve an “individual inquiry”, which will focus on how each artificial intelligence tool operates and was employed to produce its final product. Each case will then be carefully assessed to ensure compliance with copyright protection requirements.
What Does This Mean For AI Content Creators?
The US Copyright Office’s recent guidance is an enormous benefit to AI content creators. By outlining which types of AI-generated material qualify for copyright protection, the US Copyright Office has made it simpler for creators to secure their work and protect it against plagiarism.
However, the US Copyright Office also cautioned that currently available generative AI technologies don’t grant users creative control over how their systems interpret prompts and generate material; rather they serve more like instructions to a “commissioned artist”, with machines taking control over how those instructions are implemented in its output.
The US Copyright Office’s updated guidance on AI content creators is an enormous boon. By clarifying which types of AI-generated material qualify for copyright protection, the US Copyright Office has made it simpler for creators to secure their work. Nonetheless, it should be noted that currently available generative AI technologies do not qualify.