US Copyright Office Issues Notice of Inquiry on Artificial Intelligence – On August 30, the United States Copyright Office published an official notice in the Federal Register, inviting comments and inquiries concerning copyright and artificial intelligence (AI). The request seeks input on matters pertaining to the output generated by AI in terms of content, as well as how policymakers should approach AI that replicates or mimics human artists.
In a press release that was sent via email from the Library of Congress and viewed by Cointelegraph, the U.S. Copyright Office states: “These issues include the use of copyrighted works to train AI models, the appropriate levels of transparency and disclosure with respect to the use of copyrighted works, the legal status of AI-generated outputs, and the appropriate treatment of AI-generated outputs that mimic personal attributes of human artists.”
Those who wish to participate in the official inquiry period will be able to submit their comments until October 18. This request arrives at a time of uncertainty for the AI sector, particularly in terms of regulation both in the United States and globally. While the European Union and other regions have implemented measures to safeguard individual privacy and restrict how companies can utilize, share, and trade data, there has been limited regulatory guidance regarding the utilization of copyrighted content to train or stimulate AI systems.
Reportedly, the media sector is contending with the challenge of effectively handling the rise of AI systems capable of replicating the creations of artists and content producers. Notably, organizations like The New York Times and other news agencies have implemented measures to prevent AI companies from utilizing their data to train models.
Several artists, including comedian Sarah Silverman and authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey, have filed lawsuits against OpenAI, alleging that AI models have been trained on copyrighted materials without obtaining consent from the rightful owners or creators.
Apart from copyright concerns, there are also apprehensions surrounding AI’s potential for misalignment, which refers to the possibility of machines pursuing objectives that conflict with the overall well-being of humanity. Additionally, the widespread dissemination of misinformation through AI systems is a growing concern.
The U.S. government has been engaging in a series of discussions with key stakeholders within the AI community. An upcoming closed-door meeting on September 13 will involve Senator Chuck Schumer and prominent figures such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.