UK ministers urged to protect creatives whose work is used by AI firms


Ministers must defend content creators whose work is being taken without permission by tech firms to build artificial intelligence products such as chatbots that generate “vast financial rewards”, a House of Lords committee has said.

The legal framework in the UK is failing to enforce the basic principles of copyright amid a rise in AI development, said the Lords’ communications and digital committee.

“Some tech firms are using copyrighted material without permission, reaping vast financial rewards,” said the committee.

Copyright has become a key battleground in the development of generative AI – the term for technology that generates text, image and audio from a human-typed command.