German organisations urge EU to strengthen AI rules

The EU has been urged to reconsider rules governing AI by 42 German organisations representing more than 140,000 creative workers, according to reports by Reuters.

In a letter seen by the news agency, trade unions Verdi and DGB and other associations for photographers, writers and designers stated their concerns over copyright from ChatGPT and stated that they wanted tougher protection.

The letter comes after the European Commission proposed AI legislation last year, which it is currently drafting with EU lawmakers and member states.

The organisations emphasised the unease over generative AI which can create text and images similar to those made by humans and said that the technology needs to be “at the centre of meaningful AI market regulation.”

"The unauthorised usage of protected training material, its non-transparent processing, and the foreseeable substitution of the sources by the output of generative AI raise fundamental questions of accountability, liability and remuneration, which need to be addressed before irreversible harm occurs," said the letter.

The letter added that tech giants such as Microsoft, Alphabet and Meta should not be allowed to operate platforms which distribute digital content. It also called for providers of AI to be liable for the content they produce in matters such as discrimination or misinformation.

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