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07 May 2023
Large Language Models (LLM) like GPT-4 and its front end ChatGPT work by ingesting
gigantic amounts of text from the Internet to train the model, and then responding to prompts
with text generated from those models.
Depending on who you ask, this is either one step (or maybe no steps) from Artificial General
Intelligence, or as Ted Chiang wrote in the New Yorker,
ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web.
While I have my opinions about that, at this point I'm considering what the relationship
is under copyright law between the input text and the output text.
Keeping in mind that I am not a lawyer, and no court has yet decided a LLM case, let's take a look.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/llmcopy.html
14 Apr 2023
The Internet Archive has for several years run a program they call Controlled Digital Lending (CDL.)
The Archive takes physical paper books, scans them, puts the books in storage, and
then lends out the scans, with each scan lent to only one person at a time.
Their theory is that the scans are equivalent to the books, so what they're doing is
the same as when a library lends physical books.
Not surprisingly, book publishers don't like this since they have their own idea about
how e-books work. In 2020 several publishers sued, and on March 24 the court ruled
quite firmly in favor of the publishers and said there is no such thing as CDL.
While there was a lot not to like about the plaintiffs, and there are certainly reasons to want CDL to exist
in some form, this decision reminds us that wishful thinking is not a substitute for legal
What we think the law should say, or wishes it said, is not what it actually says.
It also reminds us yet again why copyright law is such a poor fit for digital materals.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/nocdl.html
22 Mar 2023
CDA Section 230 has been called ``The 26
Words that Created the Internet''.
While it is obvious how Sec 230 protects the World Wide Web, it is equally
important for e-mail.
A recent Pennsylvania court case emphasizes this point.
Dr. Thomas, a professor at the Univeristy of Pennysylvania forwarded an article about another
professor Dr. Monge to an online e-mail discussion list.
Dr. Monge claimed the article was
defamatory and sued Dr Thomas, the university, and many others.
But since neither Dr Thomas, nor the university were the author of the article,
under Sec 230 they were quickly dismissed from the case.
This is good news for anyone who (like me) runs mailing lists for other people.
If we were legally responsible for everything anyone said on a list, the number
of lists would be a whole lot smaller.
But Sec 230 doesn't just protect mailing lists. It also protects spam filtering,
and on the modern Internet, mail without filtering would be unusable.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/sec230spam.html
11 Jan 2023
We hear that the widely touted ChatGPT can do a respectable job writing high school
essays, malware ransom notes, and the like. When it writes a document,
who owns the copyright?
An acquaintance asked ChatGPT for its advice and unsurprisingly it suggested
updating copyright law to give special recognition to material written
by AI software. (Tomorrow I plan to ask an herbalist if I should use more herbs.)
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/notai.html
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