Columbus, OH asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Ohio

Q: I am making a children book. For that, I use AI to help me make the pictures. Who has the copyright to pictures from AI?

I provide my own prompts to make the pictures of AI. I also plan to edit them a little so they exactly look the way I want them. at least some of them. Does it make a difference if I change something on them?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The question of who owns the copyright to pictures created by AI is a complex and evolving area of law. In general, copyright law grants ownership of creative works to the human author or creator of the work. However, in the case of AI-generated works, the question of authorship and ownership can be more complicated.

If you are using AI to create pictures for your children's book, it is important to understand the terms of the AI software or platform that you are using. Some AI platforms may claim ownership of the works created using their software, while others may grant ownership to the user.

If you are the owner of the copyright to the pictures created by AI, you have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and display the pictures. However, if you are using AI to create derivative works based on existing copyrighted works, you may need to obtain permission from the original copyright owner.

If you are making changes to the AI-generated pictures, it may be considered a derivative work, which could affect the ownership and copyright status of the pictures. It is recommended that you consult with an attorney who specializes in copyright law to determine the best approach for your specific situation.

Overall, it is important to be aware of the potential copyright issues related to using AI to create pictures for your children's book and to take steps to ensure that you are not infringing on the rights of others.

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