What ChatGPT Says About Copyright

There is a lot of discussion on who owns the copyright in documents produced by ChatGPT.  So, we decided to ask ChatGPT what it has to say on the subject.  Here is what we asked and ChatGPT’s response:

ContractStore: Who owns the copyright in the documents you produce?

ChatGPT:  As an AI language model, I don’t own the copyright to the documents I produce. The copyright ownership typically depends on the specific circumstances and applicable laws. In most cases, the copyright for content generated by AI systems is owned by the individuals or organizations that create or deploy the AI. However, it’s important to note that the information provided by the model is based on its training on a diverse range of data and should not be considered legal advice. If you have specific concerns about copyright ownership, it’s advisable to consult a legal professional or refer to the relevant copyright laws in your jurisdiction.

ContractStore: How do you or the individuals or organizations that deploy you check that your work is not infringing that of others whose data and documents you use ?

ChatGPT:   As an AI language model, I don’t have direct access to information, databases, or documents. I don’t “use” specific data or documents in the same way humans do. Instead, I’ve been trained on a wide variety of data sources, including books, articles, websites, and other texts, to develop a broad understanding of human language.

The responsibility for ensuring that the content generated by me does not infringe upon the rights of others lies with the individuals or organizations that deploy and utilize the AI model. They are expected to adhere to relevant laws, such as copyright law, and conduct proper due diligence when using the outputs from the AI system.

To mitigate the risk of infringing on others’ rights, organizations deploying AI systems may take various measures, such as:

  1. Training the AI model on legally obtained and properly licensed data.
  2. Implementing policies and guidelines to ensure the responsible use of the AI system.
  3. Conducting regular audits and quality checks on the outputs to identify and address any potential infringement.
  4. Seeking legal advice or consulting with experts to assess the compliance of their AI deployment with copyright laws and other applicable regulations.

It’s important for organizations to have a comprehensive understanding of copyright and intellectual property laws and to take appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of infringement when utilizing AI systems like mine.


Although we have used ChatGPT to generate a couple of advice notes, if you do use it, a couple of warnings:

  • Always  check the accuracy of the text, as it is not always right. 
  • Never include any personal or confidential data in what you give to ChatGPT.  Everything it receives from users goes into the vast pool of data that it relies on to deal with requests from other users.