AI-created images lose U.S. copyrights in test for new technology


Images in a graphic novel that were created using the artificial-intelligence system Midjourney should not have been granted copyright protection, the U.S. Copyright Office said in a letter seen by Reuters.

“Zarya of the Dawn” author Kris Kashtanova is entitled to a copyright for the parts of the book Kashtanova wrote and arranged, but not for the images produced by Midjourney, the office said in its letter, dated Tuesday

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This could also apply to AI created text.

That is correct. Under US law, works created “by an automated process” are not copyrightable.

I would expect there to be future legal wrangling around just how much human input is required to make a copyrightable work, but apparently simply writing a prompt for a content-generation tool is not sufficient.

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