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German authors call for regulation of ChatGPT on copyrights

Japan warns ChatGPT maker OpenAI over data collection

OpenAI and ChatGPT logos are seen in this illustration taken, February 3, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Forty-two German groups on Wednesday, requested the European Union to regulate artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT.

The trade unions represent more than 140,000 authors and performers in the country who are worried about the threat of AI to copyright.

In a letter to the European Commission, European Council, and EU parliamentarians, the creative industry trade unions Verdi and DGB, as well as groups for photographers, designers, journalists, and illustrators, expressed their worries.

The letter emphasized rising concerns about generative artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT, which can mimic humans and generate text and graphics in response to suggestions.

“The unauthorised usage of protected training material, its non-transparent processing, and the foreseeable substitution of the sources by the output of generative AI raise fundamental questions of accountability, liability and remuneration, which need to be addressed before irreversible harm occurs,” the letter reads

The European Commission, which proposed AI guidelines last year, will work out the final details with EU parliamentarians and member states in the coming months before the rules become law.

They also demand that providers of such technology be held accountable for all content generated and spread by AI, including infringement of personal rights and copyright, inaccuracy, and discrimination.

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