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India to Forge New AI Law: Protecting Creators, Ensuring Fair Play



The Indian government, led by Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw, is considering a new law to regulate artificial intelligence (AI). This law aims to protect news publishers and content creators, ensuring they receive fair compensation for their work. The proposed legislation may become part of the upcoming Digital India Bill, which is set to replace the Information Technology Act of 2000.

Minister Vaishnaw emphasized the importance of respecting intellectual property and the financial rights of creators. The government’s approach leans towards legislative regulation rather than relying on a self-regulatory body. This decision aligns with global calls to safeguard the interests of content creators, who have faced challenges with tech companies using their work without proper payment.

The push for legal protection comes amid concerns from the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) in India. Representing 17 leading media publishers, the DNPA has urged for amendments to IT rules to prevent copyright infringement by AI technologies and ensure equitable compensation for the use of their content.

Further, the government has advised that AI models, especially those not fully tested, should be made available to the public only after being clearly labeled to indicate the potential risks and limitations of their output. This advisory, released in mid-March, aims to inform users about the possible inaccuracies or unreliability of AI-generated content.

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