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Generative Artificial Intelligence and Copyright : What is Generative AI?

A guide for University staff and students on the copyright implications of Using Generative AI tools.

Generative AI (Gen-AI) is a tool or service which can create new digital content (e.g., text, images, audio or video, code, etc.) in response to prompts they are given. They work by finding patterns in the large data sets they were trained on and use this training to make predictions about what should be included in the output they ‘generate’ in response to your prompt and what form this should take. 

Examples of AI tools 

Gen-AI tools can involve the creation of: 

Text (e.g. ChatGPT  BingChat, Bard, Claude 2, Humata AI

Images and Videos (e.g. DALL-E 2, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, Pictory, Deepbrain AI

Sound (e.g. ElevenLabs, Soundraw

Code (ChatGPT, Microsoft CoPilot, OpenAI Codex, Jupyter AI)   

Integrated tools (e.g. BingChat, MS Copilot, Canva, etc.) 

Students at the University of Sydney have created a useful list of Gen-AI tools. The tools included in this list are for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect a recommendation for use.