China moves to regulate AIGC services, starting August 15


China on Thursday rolled out interim measures, starting on August 15, to regulate artificial intelligence-generated content (AIGC).

The measures were jointly released by seven departments including the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. 

According to the CAC, the measures aim to promote the sound development of generative AI and regulate its applications, safeguard national security and social public interests, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal entities and organizations.

The measures require AIGC service providers to carry out data processing activities, such as pre-training and optimization training, in accordance with the laws of China.

The measures also require service providers to abide by the provisions, including using data and basic models with legitimate sources, not infringing others' intellectual property rights, getting consent from individuals if personal information is involved, taking effective measures to improve the quality of training data and enhance the authenticity, accuracy, objectivity, and diversity of training data. 

Meanwhile, if data labeling is carried out during the research and development of generative artificial intelligence technology, the provider shall formulate clear, specific, and operable labeling rules that meet the requirements of these measures.

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