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ChatGPT: Who Owns the Work it Creates?

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (“AI”) language model taking the world by storm- its popularity worldwide is growing exponentially. ChatGPT, a language model that uses AI and deep learning algorithms to generate responses, is quite a helpful resource that provides people with quick access to a vast quantity of information. But who owns the works that ChatGPT generates?


 In addition to its enormous knowledge database, ChatGPT also creates articles and writes essay-length works. ChatGPT is slightly controversial because some users claim essays generated by this AI language model as their own works. This instance of plagiarism frequently occurs among ChatGPT users, and schools worldwide are consequently reconsidering their approach to academia. For example, some academic institutions now opt to assign essays as in-class assignments and have additionally implemented tools and other plagiarism-checking services to detect ChatGPT’s content.


ChatGPT is a product of OpenAI, a research organization dedicated to advancing AI; therefore, all the rights to the work produced by ChatGPT belong to OpenAI.


If someone claims ChatGPT’s work as their own, they are committing an act of plagiarism, which results in several possible negative consequences. First, the plagiarizer receives a label of being unethical, as the individual is not the original author of the work and is claiming someone else’s work as his or her own. Arguably worse, plagiarizing ChatGPT’s work may lead to legal consequences, as the creators of ChatGPT may initiate legal action against the plagiarizer who claimed ChatGPT's work as his or her own. Some of the possible legal consequences could be copyright infringement, damage to one’s reputation, and unjustly using ChatGPT’s intellectual property ("IP").


Our firm has experience with AI technologies, plagiarized work, and is knowledgeable about the risks associated with the use of AI technologies. We offer legal services to those negatively impacted by legal issues related to this topic. At Aviv Lazar&Co, now one of the top law offices in Israel (DUN’S 100 and BDI CODE Ranked), we are eager to assist you with all your legal matters and supply you with the best-in-market innovative legal solutions and business consultancy services.

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