UK Government publishes response to AI and intellectual property concerns

UK Government responds to concerns on AI developers profiting from private intellectual property without sharing. Abandoning broad copyright exceptions, a detailed response is promised alongside the AI Regulation white paper and Cultural Education Plan.

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The UK government has replied to concerns voiced by the Culture, Media, and Sport Committee regarding AI developers profiting from private intellectual property without sharing with creators. The government’s reply addresses key aspects of the committee’s Eleventh Report of Session 2022–23 on ‘Connected tech: AI and creative technology.’ It acknowledges the potential of creative technology in the UK’s economy and emphasizes the dedication to developing a regulatory framework for AI technologies. Acknowledging the UK as a hub for creative technology, the response underscores the significance of balancing the benefits of AI with risk management and the protection of creator rights. The government outlines intentions to enhance the skills of non-digital sector regulators, establish a coordination unit for AI regulation, and support creatives within the copyright regime.

Furthermore, the UK Government emphasized its commitment to developing a code of practice on copyright and AI to enable growth in the AI and creative sectors while ensuring the UK’s copyright framework promotes and rewards creativity. This code of practice on copyright and AI is developed through collaboration with industry representatives. The outcomes of this work will be expected to be set out in early 2024. In addition, the UK aims to implement and ratify the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which provides intellectual property rights for audiovisual performances. The Intellectual Property Office launched a public consultation to gather evidence on options for implementation.

Why does this matter?

The intersection of AI and intellectual property raises critical questions about the rights of creators and the fair use of private data. The UK’s response reflects a commitment to addressing these concerns, abandoning initial proposals, and considering more robust legal protections.