AI-Generated Content is Taking over the World. But Who Owns it?

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2023 Last revised: 14 Apr 2023

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Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 11, 2023

Abstract

When artificial intelligence (AI) produces artwork and text indistinguishable from human creations, are the economic foundations of creativity under threat? This paper considers the rise of tools such as Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT and their impact on the knowledge economy. “Knowledge workers” was the term introduced in 1959 by management consultant Peter Drucker for non-routine problem solvers. People who “think for a living” earn through their ability to analyse and write — something that ChatGPT can replicate in almost no time and at almost no cost. The paper argues in particular that there needs to be a clearer position on (i) who owns the content produced by generative AI; and (ii) requirements that that such content be identifiable as produced by AI rather than a human.

Keywords: Artificial intelligence, generative AI, ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion, copyright, intellectual property

JEL Classification: K23, K24, O32, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Chesterman, Simon, AI-Generated Content is Taking over the World. But Who Owns it? (January 11, 2023). NUS Law Working Paper No. 2023/002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4321596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4321596

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