The government’s code of practice on copyright and AI

Summary of the government's ongoing programme of work to develop a code of practice on copyright and AI.


Sir Patrick Vallance completed a review on pro-innovation regulation for digital technologies. It recommended that the government should clarify the relationship between intellectual property and generative AI. The government published a response on 15 March 2023, accepting this recommendation.

The government is now working with users and rights holders on a code of practice on copyright and AI. The code of practice aims to make licences for data mining more available. It will help to overcome barriers that AI firms and users currently face, and ensure there are protections for rights holders. This ensures that the UK copyright framework promotes and rewards investment in creativity. It also supports the ambition for the UK to be a world leader in research and AI innovation.

The Intellectual Property Office invited industry representatives from the technology, creative and research sectors to form a working group. These sectors will help to ensure a balanced and pragmatic code of practice. It will enable both the AI and creative sectors to grow in partnership.

Working group meetings commenced on 5 June 2023. The government expects parties to enter into the final code of practice on a voluntary basis. If the code of practice is not adopted or agreement is not reached, legislation could be considered.

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Published 29 June 2023

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