Despite the very good results of the chatbot, experts have expressed concern about artists’ intellectual property rights, plagiarism within the education system and, in its current state, inaccuracies generated by ChatGPT, prompting bans from developer sites like Stack Overflow from auto-generated content since it may mislead other developers.
However, stock image companies are taking different positions. Getty Images on the one hand has banned AI-generated images from its offering while Shutterstock on the other hand has signed a deal with OpenAI to embed DALL-E in its website and says it will start a fund to reimburse artists whose work has been used to train the models.
To avoid the misuse of large language models, a mechanism for proving the origin of the text, art, news, or whatever is needed. Identifying unauthorized use opens up the door for a concept known as “Digital Watermarking”. Digital watermarking is the process of embedding a digital code or identifier into a digital media file (such as an image, audio, or video file) in a way that is not noticeable to the viewer or listener but can be detected by a computer. The purpose of a digital watermark is to identify the ownership or source of the media file and to prevent unauthorized use or distribution. Digital watermarks can be used for a variety of purposes, including copyright protection, content identification, and tracking the distribution of media files. They can be added to media files during the creation process or added later using specialized software.