UK: AI Reproduction of Copyright Works Are Infringment*

Paul Dughi
Stronger Content
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2 min readFeb 1, 2024


In a landmark decision, the UK government has ruled that AI-generated reproductions of copyrighted works will be considered copyright infringement unless they are explicitly licensed or fall under an exemption. This decision, which was announced after a lengthy consultation process, has significant implications for the creative industries, where AI is increasingly being used to create new content.

AI-Generated Works: “Do Not Constitute Original Expression”

The UK government’s decision is based on the principle that copyright protects the original expression of ideas and that AI-generated works, even if they are very similar to existing copyrighted works, do not constitute original expression. This means that AI-generated works can only be used legally if the copyright holder has given permission, or if they fall under one of the limited exceptions to copyright law, such as fair use.

The decision has been welcomed by some copyright holders, who argue that it will help to protect their rights and ensure that they are fairly compensated for their work. However, others have expressed concern that it could stifle innovation and creativity, by making it more difficult for AI to be used in the creative process.

The UK government is now working with stakeholders to develop a code of practice on copyright and AI. This code of practice will provide guidance on how copyright law applies to AI-generated works and will help to ensure that the UK has a legal framework that is fit for the digital age.

The decision by the UK government is likely to have a ripple effect around the world, as other countries grapple with the issue of copyright and AI. It is a complex issue, with no easy answers, but the UK government’s decision is a significant step forward in the debate.

Source: The Decoder