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AI exposes designers and architects to copyright complications say experts

Professor Noam Shemtov speaks to Dezeen about how artificial intelligence will impact designers and architects.

A digital watercolour of Big Ben along the River Thames in London

Since the emergence of powerful generative AI tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT and text-to-image tools including Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, there has been mounting anger from some creatives about how these systems are trained in human-authored work, often collected without permission. Many authors, artists and stock-image suppliers have filed lawsuits claiming theft of intellectual property.

Noam Shemtov, Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Queen Mary University of London, says these issues could soon start to affect designers and architects. He said: "Most people are not in the business of producing an industrial design for fun, so I don't think we're there yet," but he continues, "but as a matter of technology and law, I don't see much of a difference."

Read the full article on Dezeem.



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