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Join us for “Disruption: Creator Edition” — An Event Exploring Generative AI’s Impact on Creators


Join us on 14 June at ‘Disruption: Creator Edition’ as we explore the profound influence of generative AI on creativity across multiple industries.

An AI generated image of a group of individual faceless humans in all different colors walking on the lunar surface in three dimensions

“Humans walking together” by Anna Tumadóttir for Creative Commons was generated by Dall-E with the text prompt “a group of individual faceless humans in all different colors walking on the lunar surface in three dimensions.” CC dedicates any rights it holds to the image to the public domain via CC0.

CC has long focused on the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) can build on, contribute to, and exploit the commons and impact sharing of knowledge and creativity. The rapid rise of generative AI late last year presented a unique challenge and opportunity for CC. From the community and beyond, we saw an urgent demand for support in navigating AI’s implications for the commons.

This year, we kicked off a public consultation with CC community members and a wide range of stakeholders. We believe AI can work in the public interest, and want to be part of the solution in navigating to that reality.

As one component of that consultation, we joined forces with the team at EQTY Lab, and with Nonny de la Peña of the Arizona State University California Center, to host an event called Disruption. This brought together a diverse set of speakers, from the fields of law, entertainment, and beyond, and showcased a series of curated conversations about copyright and generative AI in arts & entertainment. We gratefully received fiscal support from Morrison Foerster, whose lawyers are on the front lines of what may well turn out to be landmark cases in the field of generative AI.

We’ve always been an organization that, at our core, is about empowering creators to share knowledge and creativity in ways that work for them. We are delighted to announce that the next iteration of Disruption will happen 14 June in Los Angeles, bringing together experts across AI and creators across film & TV, music, and the arts to discuss how creators in all arts & entertainment industries are being affected with the rise of generative AI. This conversation goes beyond copyright, into issues of labor, value, ethics, and more.

Date: 14 June
Time: 9:30am to 5pm (optional happy hour afterwards)
Location: ASU California Center (1111 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015)

Creative Commons has a strategic emphasis on “better sharing”, sharing that is just, equitable, and pro-social. Copyright, and the open licenses that CC stewards, are one way to share knowledge and creativity, but many more abound. How can we balance technological innovation and development of disruptive tools with the rights of creators to be fairly remunerated for their human creative efforts? And how do we ensure individual freedoms whilst protecting broader social norms?

In particular, we want to interrogate these key themes during the course of the proceedings as they relate to creators:


Lessons learned

The political environment

The proceedings will be recorded and released at a future date. Full speaker line-up is forthcoming.

Like the rest of the world, CC has been watching generative AI and trying to understand the many complex issues raised by these amazing new tools. We are especially focused on the intersection of copyright law and generative AI. How can CC’s strategy for better sharing support the development of this technology while also respecting the work of human creators? How can we ensure AI operates in a better internet for everyone? We are exploring these issues in a series of blog posts by the CC team and invited guests that look at concerns related to AI inputs (training data), AI outputs (works created by AI tools), and the ways that people use AI. Read our overview on generative AI or see all our posts on AI.

Note: We use “artificial intelligence” and “AI” as shorthand terms for what we know is a complex field of technologies and practices, currently involving machine learning and large language models (LLMs). Using the abbreviation “AI” is handy, but not ideal, because we recognize that AI is not really “artificial” (in that AI is created and used by humans), nor “intelligent” (at least in the way we think of human intelligence).

Posted 25 May 2023