This article will explore the ethical dilemmas surrounding AI content and ChatGPT content, the potential for plagiarism, and how we can navigate this brave new world of AI-assisted writing.

Does ChatGPT count as plagiarism?

The answer to this question is complex. While an AI model like ChatGPT [1] generates text, it is not inherently plagiaristic, as it does not have an original author [3]. However, using AI content without proper citation or attribution could be considered plagiarism, as it is not the writer’s work. If you use AI to generate text, you must attribute the reader to the model and not present it as your own [2].

There is another problem. It is impossible to get 100% accurate information from AI Thus, carefully reviewing and citing the information generated by such AI models is a good idea. The laws around AI are still evolving with technology, and it is better to be careful when dealing with AI [4][5].

AI and Intellectual Property: Navigating Ownership and Laws

The expeditious advancement and widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) have given rise to significant queries concerning legal rights and regulations surrounding this nascent technology. Per a 2019 report issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there has been a recent escalation in patent requests regarding AI in telecommunications, transportation, and life and medical sciences [6].

As AI is progressively incorporated into diverse industries, a burgeoning urgency exists to evaluate its ramifications on intellectual property. For instance, creating novel AI algorithms and software and training with data presents issues regarding proprietorship and copyright. Likewise, the utilization of AI in producing music or art may necessitate the redefinition of what constitutes an original composition and who possesses the resultant intellectual property [7].

The Getty Images Lawsuit on Midjourney

In the world of AI-generated art, a recent lawsuit filed by Getty Images against Midjourney and Stability AI has caused quite a stir. The suit alleges that Midjourney and Stability AI used 12 million copyrighted images from Getty Images to train their A.I. art tool, Stable Diffusion, which infringes on Getty Images’ copyright. The damages being sought by Getty Images? An astounding $1.8 trillion. That is a trillion with a “T” [8][9].

For those unfamiliar, Getty Images is a major player in the stock image industry. Midjourney and Stability AI, on the other hand, developed Stable Diffusion, an AI art tool that generates unique images using machine learning algorithms.

The implications could be far-reaching if Midjourney and Stability AI are found guilty of copyright infringement. The lawsuit can potentially impact the A.I. art industry and the companies using AI technology to create art.

In conclusion, the Getty Images lawsuit on Midjourney and Stability AI highlights the need for caution when using copyrighted material to train AI tools. 

AI Content Detectors

As previously discussed, using AI-generated content raises some tricky questions about plagiarism. How can we tell if the content is generated by an AI tool or written by a human?

Well, it can be challenging, but some tools can help. Various AI and ChatGPT plagiarism detection tools, such as Free AI Content Detector, are available.

These tools analyze each text’s structure, syntax, and word usage to determine if it has been generated by an AI tool. However, double-checking manually and adequately citing sources is still essential, even if an AI plagiarism checker gives a text the all-clear. 


AI is a hot topic in the writing world, and ChatGPT is at the forefront of the discussion. While there are concerns about AI-generated content being plagiarism, it is essential to remember that AI is a tool that can be used for good or bad. The Getty Images lawsuit on Midjourney and Stability AI reminds us that the entire industry is still evolving, and new laws will be created for AI generated content.

As we move forward in this brave new world of AI-assisted writing, the question remains, how do we balance using AI to our advantage while maintaining the integrity and originality of our work?  


  1. Kantrowitz, A. (2023). “A Writer Used A.I. to Plagiarize Me. Now What?” in Observer.
  2. Blackman, J., Camp, E., Lancaster, J., Sullum, J., Boehm, E., Brown, E.N. (2022). “Plagiarism and ChatGPT” in
  3. Mercadante, C. (2023). “Is ChatGPT plagiarism?” in Medium.
  4. Do I plagiarize when I use Writefull, ChatGPT, or other A.I. language tools?” (2023) on Writefull’s blog.
  5. What Artificial Intelligence Still Can’t Do (, by Rob Toews
  6. AI and Intellectual Property Rights (
  7. School, S.L. (n.d.). “A.I. & Intellectual Property: Towards an Articulated Public Domain” on Stanford Law School’s website.
  8. Getty Images is suing an A.I. image generator for copyright infringement, by Leigh Mc Gowran, on
  9. A.I. art generators face separate copyright lawsuits from Getty Images and a group of artists, by Beatrice Nolan, on Business Insider.