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EPC Public Statement for World Intellectual Property Day

On this World Intellectual Property Day, publishers stand at the intersection of innovation, sustainability, and the transformative power of generative AI. As we navigate the complexities of the digital age, we are confronted with both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges that we need to address.


Generative AI is undoubtably a revolution, offering new possibilities for artistic expression, scientific discovery, and technological advancement. However, alongside its promise comes the pressing need to address questions of intellectual property rights and fair remuneration for creators. The use of copyrighted works for the training of these models without permission or remuneration is unethical, unfair, unacceptable and must change.


In the realm of generative AI, where algorithms can autonomously generate content, the traditional frameworks of intellectual property protection are as valid as ever, and should be enforced. As we embrace this wave of innovation, it is imperative that we develop robust mechanisms to safeguard the rights of publishers, authors and creators and ensure that they are fairly remunerated for their work and contributions.


Moreover, as we strive for a green and sustainable future, intellectual property rights play a pivotal role in driving innovation in environmentally friendly technologies and practices. From renewable energy solutions to eco-friendly products and processes, innovation holds the key to mitigating the climate crisis and building a more sustainable world for future generations.


As we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, let us seize this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to fostering an environment where creativity thrives, intellectual property rights are respected, and creators are duly rewarded for their innovations. By harnessing the power of generative AI responsibly and promoting sustainable innovation, we can chart a course towards a brighter, greener, and more equitable future for all.


Happy World Intellectual Property Day!


EPC Public Statement for World Intellectual Property Day
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