Last Updated: 27 Sep, 2023 Views: 44
Currently, in Australian copyright law, copyright only applies to original material created by humans (refer to page 2 of the Australian Copyright Council's fact sheet An Introduction to Copyright in Australia).
Material generated by an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software program is, by its very nature, a pastiche, so the originality of the work is in question. It has also been generated by a computer program, not a human being, so it fails on the "created by humans" count as well. In theory, this means the work generated by AI software is not subject to copyright.1
This is most likely to become an issue if you attempt to use the content for commercial purposes, as some software agreements have different conditions depending on:
- what level of service you have paid for, and
- the commercial implications and applications of the work you have "created" using the software (remembering that content "generated" by the software might not have been "created" by you).
1. The original material that "inspired" the pastiche is subject to copyright, and the question of whether AI generated content is itself in breach of copyright itself is one that is still under debate.