[License-review] Approval - Restricted Artificial Intelligence License (RAIL)

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Tue Apr 18 09:54:56 UTC 2023

Emanuele D. dixit:

> AI entities can learn, adapt, and perform complex tasks *autonomously*
> and with *non-deterministic* patterns.

I call absolute, utter BULLSHIT on this.

AI is software that runs on deterministic computers, PRNG input
notwithstanding. It’s equivalent to a compiler, and its output
is not “generated” (it wouldn’t need any “training data” if it
were so) but a derivative of its input (training data, and to a
small amount prompt and possibly PRNG), in a deterministic way.

So-called “AI” cannot be the subject of copyright because it’s
not a juristic entity. (AFAIR this was already confirmed in
court: there can be no copyright claims on AI output.)
Therefore, any copyright-relevant issues on AI is bound to its
users as it’s just a tool. I maintain that in almost all cases,
and generally enough to assume this true unless proven otherwise
(via an auditable code and “training data” trail) its output is
nōn-distributable because that violates the licence on the input.
(It has been proven that the input can even be recovered in large
enough amounts to be recognisable, about ¾ of an image complete
with watermarks for example.)

I believe we don’t need any specific licences for this, and that
the existing ones are not only sufficient (they specify conditions
on creating derivative works and “conveying” them) but also the
maximum protection possible (anything further would be a restriction
on use (by the legal entity operating the AI software / “compiler”)
which is not free). I did add an interpretation on the MirOS Licence
webpage explaining this; use of “AI” where the input is homogenously
licenced and all copyright and licence statements are retained as
required, if it existed, would be legal.

I believe no one can invent an algorithm. One just happens to hit upon it
when God enlightens him. Or only God invents algorithms, we merely copy them.
If you don't believe in God, just consider God as Nature if you won't deny
existence.		-- Coywolf Qi Hunt

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