Copyright Rights

Copyright is a legal protection that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to control the use and distribution of their work. This protection applies to various creative works, including literature, photography, music, art, films, software, and other forms of expression.

The owner of the copyright has the right to prevent others from reproducing, distributing, displaying, performing, or doing derivative works based on the original work without their permission. Copyright owners can also sell or license their rights to others, allowing them to use or distribute the work in exchange for payment or other compensation.

AI-generated art cannot use a copyrighted photo in its AI creation without obtaining permission or a license from the copyright owner. When AI generates an image based on a copyrighted photo, it essentially creates a derivative work based on the original copyrighted work. This derivative work is still subject to the same copyright protections as the original work, which means that using it without permission or a license would be considered copyright infringement.

In copyright law, ignorance of the source of a copyrighted work is not a valid defense against an infringement claim. The burden is on the creator to ensure they are not infringing on anyone else's rights. Not knowing the copyrighted work's source does not exempt someone from liability for infringement.

Copyright protection typically lasts for the lifetime of the creator plus a certain number of years after their death, depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, copyright protection lasts for the creator's life plus 70 years after death.

Violating someone's copyright will result in legal action, including monetary damages and injunctions prohibiting further use of the copyrighted work.