How does generative AI work?
First, let's look at how generative AI works. Every time someone asks a question about text or images they have loaded into AI either by uploading a file, adding a link, or pasting in text, they are helping to train the model. The models always need more information in order to improve. Keep in mind- this is just an overview. The actual process is more complex than shown here.
The reason this is tricky for copyright and licensing is that in general, once something has been entered into generative AI, the creator or license holder can't control if/how it is reused by the model.
What does this mean for the library?
The Krupp Library team does our best to work with our vendors to provide our users with the broadest amount of access possible so everyone can benefit from these tools (intellectual freedom) while also working to educate people about copyright (intellectual property).
What does this mean for me?
This isn't a significant change to how you've been using the library resources in your coursework or research. You still have access to the same awesome resources as always, we're just asking you on behalf of the license holders to not enter content from certain databases into things like ChatGPT, Bing AI, etc. If you're not sure whether something can or should be used with AI we ask you to use your best judgment. If you get a feeling it probably isn't allowed, hold off until you can check with the library team. We'll give you the best information we can so you can decide what to do next.
What are the policies for each database?
Ask the library! Call, stop by, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want someone to geek out about AI with, or just get you started? Email Allison Papini at email@example.com and she'll be happy to chat.