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Generative Artificial Intelligence and Copyright : Introduction

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

Introduction

This guide on Generative AI and Copyright for staff and students will help you understand:

  • What Generative AI is. 
  • Why copyright is relevant to developing and using Gen-AI tools.  
  • Copyright implications of using third-party owned materials to train Gen-AI tools and recognise copyright exceptions which may apply.
  • Understand whether copyright exists in the output of Gen-AI tools and who owns the copyright. 
  • Terms and conditions of using Gen-AI including ownership of output and reuse of user input (prompts).
  • Implications of using AI tools for coursework and assessment and how to avoid plagiarism.  
  • The University’s policy on plagiarism /academic integrity in relation to use of AI tools.  
  • How to reference use of AI tools 
  • Be aware of bias in AI tools and issues such as lack of citation/false citations   
  • Know where to go for help and guidance.