Who is liable for AI-generated content?

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Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Legal Question of the Week.”

Just like any content created by a third party — such as a letter to the editor or a guest opinion column — the moment you choose to republish something in your student publication created by ChatGPT or any other AI content generator, you are legally responsible for it. If the AI-generated material you post is libelous or infringes someone else’s copyright, for example, you cannot avoid liability simply by claiming you didn’t create the content.

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