Who owns AI art? – level 3

04-04-2023 07:00

New York-based artist Kris Kashtanova created an 18-page comic book ‘Zarya of the Dawn’ with the help of the AI program Midjourney.

She received a copyright for the comic in September 2022 but five months later, the US Copyright Office reversed itself saying the images in Zarya weren’t the product of human authorship. The case has ignited the debate about who owns AI-generated artwork and whether artwork needs to be created by a human being.

Intellectual property and copyright are ways how people control and profit from creativity. Anyone who engages in creative expression usually has immediate legal rights to it; however, courts have long held that the author has to be a human being and that AI tools so far don’t demonstrate the necessary amount of originality and human work.

Artists and companies that own creative content oppose copyright protection for AI artwork saying that the algorithms work by training themselves on vast quantities of material on the open web, some of which is already copyrighted.

Difficult words: copyright (the legal right to print, publish, perform, or record an artistic material), authorship (when someone is the person who wrote a particular book article, play, and so on), intellectual property (creations of human intellect).

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