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Why did the US Copyright Office withdraw a Midjourney AI-generated comic book copyright application?

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Last week, the US Copyright Office withdrew copyright from an AI-generated piece of art after discovering that it had been produced with the Midjourney AI tool. The illustration in the well-known comic book "Zarya of the Dawn" by Kris Kashtanova was previously hailed as the first AI-generated piece of art to be granted copyright and acknowledged by the organization. Notwithstanding the team's appeal, it appears that copyright protection for AI-generated works is still not appropriate, as demonstrated by this latest US Copyright Office decision. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"]AI-generated comic artwork loses US Copyright protection | Ars Technica Image credit- Ars Technica[/caption] According to reports, the US Copyright Office canceled the copyright that had previously been given to Kashtanova and the creators of the comic book "Zarya of the Dawn" on Tuesday. It was initially given copyright last year, with the focus being on the artwork created using the Midjourney AI platform, which also helped with the graphic novel. The copyright office claims in a letter that has since been received (via Ars Technica) that Ms. Kashtanova submitted her work with inadequate information regarding the initial application. Also read: Instead Of Text-To-Image, This AI Creates Films Based On Your Commands The office didn't learn about the use of an AI art generation tool until after it had been put on Kashtanova's Instagram account. The comic book artist responded that it was only used as an "assistive tool" and that all other contents were her own when the US Copyright Tool asked the team to explain why it should be considered for the copyright. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="820"]Comic Book Made By AI Loses Copyright Protection Image credit- Indiatimes.com[/caption] Artists that employed AI art generators may still submit their works for copyright protection to the US Copyright Office, but they must have a good cause for doing so. However, it appears that for the time being, the copyright agency is not yet generally accepting AI-generated artwork, especially if it was not explicitly specified in the application. The world was astounded by how advanced AI had become, especially given its ability to generate different types of content out of nothing with only a command of a set of keywords. One of the most well-known systems is the Midjourney AI, where a well-known person, Fallon Fox, released photographs of a performance that appeared to be authentic but was not from the 1980s. There are various online tools besides Midjourney to create material online, and OpenAI is one of the well-known companies in this area.

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