Indian Govt is Drafting a New AI Law to Secure Content Producers' & News Publishers' Rights

By Consultants Review Team Friday, 05 April 2024

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, revealed that the government is thinking of passing new legislation pertaining to artificial intelligence (AI). It was reported that the proposed rule seeks to minimize harm to users while also defending the rights of news publishers and content developers.

The proposed Digital India Bill, which would replace the Information Technology Act of 2000, may include the law or it may be a stand-alone bill. The minister emphasized the need of treating innovation with respect in light of financial and intellectual property concerns. Additionally, he made the argument that legislation, as opposed to self-regulatory organizations, would be a more successful way to regulation. This is in response to widespread calls for the defense of content producers' rights throughout the world and a plethora of cases brought against digital companies for unjustly exploiting intellectual information.

News publishers in India have been advocating for modifications to IT regulations to guarantee equitable recompense for the material that AI models utilize. The country's top 17 media companies, represented by the Digital News companies Association (DNPA), have asked for protection against AI models that could violate their copyright.

The present government guideline states that unproven AI models should not be made available to the general public until their hazards have been identified. According to the mid-March advice, the user should be made aware of the label's "possible inherent fallibility or unreliability of the output generated."

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