Platforms from Zoom to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc have become essential parts of our professional and social lives.
More on the Zoom update in this post on the blog: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2023/08/zoom-updates-terms-of-service-tos.html
Just because the "opt in" option is the easiest for the companies.. and helps them make money.. is that right? Is it fair? Or is that a violation of essential copyright protections???
Why can't the default be "opt out?"
Artist are pushing back against "opt in".. raising awareness... and fighting the fight for the rest of us..
Facebook tried to roll out an "opt out" form. Which instantly revealed a glitch that rejected a required field and prevented anyone from submitting the "opt out" request.
Here's a link for a news story on the "opt out" request option https://www.cnbc.com/2023/08/30/how-to-stop-meta-from-using-personal-data-to-train-generative-ai-.html?__source=s
Artists have launched several petitions on Change.org
This one challenges the US Senate AI Insight Committee to include artists and not just platform executives
This petition urges Etsy to adopt a "no AI" art policy..
What does the Copyright Office say about all of this???
These issues are on their radar... but things move slowly at the federal level. Hearings have taken place. Officials from the copyright office have been participants at art industry "town halls" to help learn from artists and others impacted by these practices.
On 8.30.23, the Copyright office issued a Notice of Inquiry on Copyright and Artificial Intelligence.
Here's the text from this Notice.
And the link for more info: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2023/1017.html?fbclid=
This is the link for the PDF of the text of the Notice in the Federal Register https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2023-08-30/pdf/2023-18624.pdf