Human copyright on AI generated content
I'm looking forward to the different copyright disputes.
I have played around with an image generating AI
.. I had some free "credits" to play with so no expense incurred from hammering the AI.
I wanted to see what "variety" of results I got, so made repeated calls of "prompt A" and then repeated calls of "prompt B"
Both prompts very similar (just minor variations on a theme to see what limits hit trying to fine tune output)
I noticed that with repeated calls of the same prompt that got fairly similar images back, in some cases strikingly similar - which is to be expected (I'm onviously not sure how the algorithms work, I'm expecting some "randomness" to the generation but it will be limited, especially with a detailed prompt)
What was more interesting was that in some cases, a "Prompt B" image was very similar to a "Prompt A" image (though, TBF, in some cases I was often trying complex prompts to see when additional prompt text made little difference ).
So, based on that, I could easily see 2 people in a copyright spat over AI generated images that are very similar.
If they were both derived from the same prompt then will we be reaching a point where people try and copyright a certain prompt text used against a certain AI (which is a problem as there is not just one result possible for any given prompt so essentially prohibiting other images)
.. and gets even more fun if the 2 people in a copyright spat used different prompts to give effectively the same result.
To complicate things more (and I would guess especially if you guess right on which AI used originally) you can often get reasonably close (with enough attempts, especially with a bit of refining after inspecting first few tens of results) to replicating an AI generated image by essentially passing in a good description of the image you want to (approximately) reproduce .
I did not try to reproduce an AI image in my tests but was able to get some reasonable results in getting AI to approximate an actual image (human generated AFAIK) I was describing (main limitation on this was beyond a certain point adding more detail to your prompt was not necessarily effective )