Future of Plagiarism and Authorship in AI World
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Future of Plagiarism and Authorship in AI World

Future of Plagiarism and Authorship in AI World

There is hardly any technology that has raised so many concerns related to authorship and genuine talent as artificial intelligence. No one can deny the fact that the power of this tool is incredible. Still, the humanity can use it with benefits only if it is safe and it does not hurt anybody engaged in creative work or education. No rights should be violated or infringed by the use of AI platforms. They generate creative content using the existing artworks and prompts available online. Still, it may happen that the artists have not provided any permission for using their intellectual property. Currently, copyright is an urgent need not to harm any of the authors or creative people for the sake of creating a new AI-ruled world of education, art, and writing. So, can we safeguard our future, making AI technologies serve us instead of stealing our jobs or ruining the concept of authorship?

Is AI System Actually Legal?

How does an AI system gain experience and acquire knowledge? However funny it may sound, this software is trained! It replicates the data patterns which it identifies among the available materials. Many of the texts, pieces of music, code or art are protected by copyright, but the artificial intelligence uses them for generating the products on basis of manipulating with what has been created before. It has turned out to be an apparent threat to people. Now, everybody can copy the style of an artist with the help of a computer program in no time! It is easy to get a unique design which is actually a compilation of the available patterns somebody created. There have never been so many issues raised in the realm of ethics and legality in the field as there are now.

Are Threats from AI Real?

It is a must for everybody to maintain standards in all spheres if we want to preserve the sanity of the world. It is not possible to eliminate AI content from present-day life. The authors who present the intellectual property of AI tools as their own definitely plagiarize. Still, a failure to attribute AI-generated content to its actual author is dishonesty. No matter whether it goes about an academician, a student, a blogger, or SEO writer, the label of AI-produced content should be mandatory.

  1. New artificial technology can cause dramatic transformative changes in the world with high risk of producing harm to the society.
  2. Little attention is paid now to the issues related to safe development of AI and its capacity of serving the interests of the humanity.
  3. Not all publishers, artists, and writers acknowledge that they use computer-generated content in their work.

Problems that Arise because of AI use:

  • Infringement of copyright.
  • Confusion about the copyright if AI-generated content is published or presented in public.
  • Discouragement of creativity. If anything can be duplicated, why should people develop new ideas?
  • No privacy. AI uses all kinds of information no matter how sensitive it can be.

Laws of Fair Use and Copyright at the Age of AI

New regulations are needed for this unique fast-evolving space. The existing legislature and copyright do not cover new issues with authorship. It is tricky to judge the laws but protection of author’s rights is truly insufficient now and the opportunities for cheating are huge.

A truly scary thing about AI copyright is utmost ignorance of what can happen next. There are a lot of unanswered questions about AI models which create code, music, texts, and art as they learn from the existing works of others.

Hence, there are two questions:

  1. Can AI-generated content be copyrighted?

Can we assume that somebody takes an AI input and proves that it was created by a human? It is quite possible. For sure, there are more and more checkers which make an attempt to detect the originality of the text in the most accurate way. For instance, PlagiarismSearch.com offers a really useful detection solution for AI Content. However, these checks have not turned into routine yet as they have been with plagiarism in its original form. Thus, although there is no official copyright for machine-generated content, it is possible that it may happen because of some mistake. It is a subtle matter to determine the degree of actual human intellectual involvement into the output produced by AI.

  1. Is it legal to train AI models on the copyrighted materials?

What are the training sets for the AI systems? In most cases, they are the databases with billions of texts, pieces of art, images, and sounds taken from thousands or even millions of domains. A lot of them are protected by copyright not to let others use them without permission. Still, if they are taken only for training, is it considered to be fair use? You get a picture created by AI. What are you going to do with it? If you do it for fun, it is like making false money for a game, but if you sell it at an auction as your own, it is like using queer money in a supermarket. AI can easily generate texts or images that match the style of a promising author or painter and that can ruin their career altogether. For instance, learning on the database of all existing images in the world is fine, but using only the database of Picasso is unfair.

All in all, new applications of artificial intelligence are transforming the landscape of work, schooling, and everyday life. Their fast rise has opened up a huge number of questions about the creators’ rights and copyright and all industries are now alarmed by new technological challenges. This new technology has also raised some philosophical questions about originality, plagiarism, and creativity. Do human laws apply to non-human creations? Should only human-made work be copyrightable? What is the ethics of AI? Who should be in charge of a set of moral rules for using this powerful tool? Is artificial intelligence bad or good? Is it smarter than a human? There are more questions than answers nowadays, but more changes are coming! To be continued…

Kelsey Ayton
Born in Warsaw. Studied Psychology at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities; took part in several inspiring Erasmus programs.
Former Practical Psychologist| Blogger of Various Mass Media | Currently PlagiarismSearch content writer | Mother-Freelancer
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