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In October 2023, the Government of Canada, as part of a broader effort to modernize Canada’s legislative frameworks to keep pace with technological developments, launched a consultation on the implications of generative artificial intelligence (AI) for copyright. The consultation solicits views on four key areas: 1) the technical aspects of AI; 2) how copyright frameworks apply to text and data mining (TDM) activities; 3) how copyright frameworks should apply to AI-assisted and AI-generated content, and; 4) concerns that AI raises for copyright infringement and liability.

The following responses were submitted to the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) through an online consultation portal. Our submission addresses some of the concerns that generative AI raises for artists and creatives—concerns that begin with impacts on intellectual property and copyright, but which trickle down to impacts on artists and creatives’ livelihoods, as well.

You can read our submission here. This consultation was submitted with Laura Rourke (Pro Bono Students Canada, University of New Brunswick).

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