Copyright law and fair use must be redefined to regulate AI
Taking aim at Hollywood’s tentative labor deal, media mogul Barry Diller laid out his main argument against generative artificial intelligence on Tuesday.
The chair of IAC and Expedia called for the law to be rewritten to protect published material from being captured in artificial intelligence knowledge bases.
We want to establish that there is no such thing as fair use for artificial intelligence, which gives us standing,” Diller said. “What they have done is sucked up everything and that violates the basis of the copyright law.”
In addition to Diller’s complaint, prominent authors have sued OpenAI for copyright infringement, including George R.R. Martin and Jodi Picoult. Also following his remarks was a tentative agreement between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood studios to end a strike that lasted nearly 150 days.
Despite the deal’s benefits, Diller isn’t a fan.
“They spent months crafting words to protect writers from AI and ended up with a paragraph that protected nobody from anything,” Diller said.
There has been no public disclosure of the details of the tentative agreement between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Hollywood studios are expected to walk away with the right to train AI models using writers’ work, according to unnamed sources familiar with the negotiations quoted in The Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal report, writers are expected to be compensated for their work on scripts even if studios use AI tools.