Indian Government Considers New AI Law to Protect News Publishers’ Rights

Indian government mulls over new AI law to safeguard rights of news publishers and content creators.

  • Indian government mulls over new AI law to safeguard rights of news publishers and content creators.
  • Proposed legislation aims to reduce user harm and ensure fair compensation for copyrighted content.
  • Digital News Publishers Association seeks protection from potential copyright violations by AI models.

The Indian government, led by Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw, is contemplating a new law on artificial intelligence (AI) to protect the rights of news publishers and content creators. This move follows concerns about fair compensation and the potential for copyright violations by AI models.

The proposed law, which could be standalone or part of the forthcoming Digital India Bill, aims to address these issues while also reducing user harm. Vaishnaw stressed the importance of respecting creativity in terms of intellectual property and financial implications, indicating a legislative approach to regulation over a self-regulatory body.

News publishers in India, represented by the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA), have long advocated for changes to IT rules to ensure fair compensation for their content used by AI models. The government’s advisory on AI models underscores the need for transparency, recommending that under-tested and unreliable AI be labeled accordingly to inform users about potential risks associated with their output.