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FTC Staff Report Details Key Takeaways from AI and Creative Fields Panel Discussion

In a new report, Federal Trade Commission staff detailed key takeaways from an October 2023 public virtual roundtable that examined how generative artificial intelligence, tools that can generate outputs like text, images, and audio on command, is being used and is affecting professionals in music, filmmaking, software development, and other creative fields.

During the virtual event, working creative professionals representing artists, writers, actors, musicians and other creative fields noted that while there are benefits to AI, such as potentially aiding their own work, they also expressed concerns: 

While some companies have begun allowing artists to opt out of having their work used by AI, participants said this option puts the burden on creators to police a rapidly changing marketplace. They also noted that opt-outs would only address future uses and would be difficult to implement given the lack of transparency by AI developers. Instead, participants urged AI developers to adopt an opt-in approach to using artists work, which would give artists control over whether they want their work to be used for generative AI.

The staff report noted that, although many of the concerns raised at the event lay beyond the scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction, targeted enforcement under the FTC’s existing authority in AI-related markets can help protect fair competition and prevent unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The report stated that the FTC will continue to closely monitor generative AI industry developments and will remain vigilant and ready to use its law enforcement and policy tools to foster fair competition, protect consumers, and help ensure that the public benefits from this transformative technology.

The Commission voted 3-0 to issue the staff report.

The lead staffers on the report are Madeleine Varner, Jessica Colnago, and Stephanie Nguyen.

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