GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND COPYRIGHT WARNING FROM ARTIST ASSOCIATIONS
(This Press release was originally published in French)
For immediate release
MONTREAL, DECEMBER 5, 2023 – As part of the Federal Government’s consultation on generative artificial intelligence in the specific context of copyright, five professional associations representing nearly 20,000 Quebec artists call for caution, and transparency, and ask for a protective legislative framework.
ARRQ, ARTISTI, GMMQ, SARTEC, and UDA are actively participating in the consultation led by the Government of Canada, emphasizing that numerous consultations surrounding a revision of the Copyright Act have been conducted since 2017, and they now expect tangible outcomes.
Today, the associations press the alarm button about the major risks that the development of AI could pose without appropriate oversight, emphasizing the importance of improving the protection of artists’ work.
They acknowledge from the outset that AI will become essential in many fields and an extraordinary tool for research, data mining, and content generation. However, they stress that artificial intelligence is and must remain a tool trained by humans.
"FEEDING THE BEAST"
NO HUMAN, NO WORK
It seems inconceivable to us that new content generated by well-trained artificial intelligence could benefit from the status of works protected by the Copyright Act. We wish for an amendment to the law to emphasize that an author, in this legislative framework, must be a human being. There is no work without a human.