Canadian Government Launches Consultation on AI Bill
While the United States, particularly New York City, remains immersed in the deliberation of several AI bills, including the NO FAKES Act, another North American country is actively seeking public input on its AI proposal. In 2022, the Canadian government introduced the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act, as part of Bill C-27. Since its introduction, the bill has undergone several updates, and a committee initiated a study in connection with C-27. On Thursday, October 12, Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, and Honourable Pascale St-Onge, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, initiated a consultation process to gather public input.
As per the consultation paper, Canadians have until Monday, December 4, 2023, to provide online feedback. The consultation will delve into questions surrounding the use of copyrighted material in the training of AI systems, authorship and ownership rights of AI-generated content, and liability in cases where AI-generated content infringes on copyrighted material. This isn’t the first time the Canadian government has sought public input or outlined future AI regulations.
This year’s consultation follows a previous attempt in 2021. On September 27, 2023, the Canadian government introduced the country’sVoluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative Artificial Intelligence Systems. In a press release, Honourable Champagne remarked, “As developments in AI intensify, our government is seizing every opportunity to stimulate innovation and explore the possibilities offered by this revolutionary technology. Canada’s copyright framework needs to remain balanced and able to facilitate a functional marketplace, and that’s why we’re studying the best way forward to protect the rights of Canadians while ensuring the safe and ethical development of AI.”
To participate in Canada’s consultation, click this link.
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