The EU Is Bringing Out Copyright Laws For Tools Like ChatGPT

Charles Oladimeji
Two years ago, the European Commission embarked on the task of drafting the AI Act, aimed at regulating the rapidly-growing Artificial Intelligence technology. This initiative was triggered by the widespread adoption of advanced AI applications, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which have revolutionized the way we interact with machines.
The EU has New Copyright Laws for AI Tools
The EU has New Copyright Laws for AI Tools. Photo: Alexandre Lallemand | Unsplash

The European Union has taken a groundbreaking step towards establishing the world’s first comprehensive laws governing AI technology. As part of an early agreement, companies that deploy generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT or image generators like Midjourney, will be required to disclose any copyrighted material utilized in the development of their systems.

This measure promotes transparency, ensuring proper accreditation of sources and providing users with a high level of confidence in the credibility of online information. The rising popularity of Artificial Intelligence has resulted in tech giants, including Google and Microsoft, integrating chatbots into their search and services.

This increased usage of AI has prompted members of the European Parliament to take action, leading to the advancement of the draft to the trilogue. Here, EU legislators and member states will collaborate to refine the bill’s final details, a critical step in ensuring the responsible and ethical development of AI technology.

ChatGPT on OpenAI’s Website. Photo: Andrew Neel | Pexels

The proposals for AI copyright address several areas of concern, with particular emphasis placed on biometric surveillance and the spread of misinformation or discriminatory language. In the past, ChatGPT has been known to provide users with false information in response to their queries, mainly due to the lack of a mechanism for verifying the sources of information.

As per the proposed regulations, companies deploying generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT or the Midjourney image generator, will be required to disclose any copyrighted materials utilized in developing their systems. A new order will prioritize Artificial Intelligence tools based on the risks they pose, categorizing them from minimal to limited, high, and unacceptable in terms of perceived risk.

For instance, tools that engage in biometric surveillance or propagate false information or discriminatory language can be potential areas of concern. Although high-risk AI tools will not be outlawed, their users must be transparent about their business practices. 

The Chatbot Rivalry 

Image Generating AI Tool, Midjourney. Photo: Jonathan Kemper | Unsplash

Over the past six months, numerous AI tools and image generators have emerged, with OpenAI leading the charge. Their AI tool, ChatGPT, which popularized the use of chatbots, has become the fastest-growing consumer technology worldwide, with over 100 million active users. The usage of AI tools has skyrocketed, serving a diverse range of purposes, including office work, research, education, and much more.

With the artificial intelligence market becoming increasingly competitive, companies are racing to develop their AI tools at a rapid pace, driving innovation and leading to new and exciting advancements in the field. Recently, Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, along with other prominent tech figures, called for a temporary halt in the development of AI systems for six months to ensure that these tools are providing information correctly and not causing any data leakage.

Shortly after this announcement, Musk revealed his plan to launch his own startup to rival OpenAI. Although much information about his company has not been disclosed, the tech community is eagerly anticipating the outcome of this venture.

Are you an avid user of ChatGPT and other AI tools? Let us know what you think about the EU’s copyright laws in the comments section.


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