[My comments are my own, and don’t reflect or suggest any official position 
from WMF]

The NBC story linked below come out about a year ago. Around the same time, 
when I was CEO at Creative Commons, we published a statement and updated FAQs 
that attempted to respond to questions being asked about permitted uses and 
attribution related to the licenses.

CC’s statement (March 2019) is here: 
https://creativecommons.org/2019/03/13/statement-on-shared-images-in-facial-recognition-ai/
 
<https://creativecommons.org/2019/03/13/statement-on-shared-images-in-facial-recognition-ai/>
The FAQs are here: 
https://creativecommons.org/faq/#artificial-intelligence-and-cc-licenses 
<https://creativecommons.org/faq/#artificial-intelligence-and-cc-licenses>

r.

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> On Jan 18, 2020, at 2:14 PM, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> There are several reports of face recognition going mainstream, often
> in less than optimum circumstances, and often violating copyright and
> licenses
> 
> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/technology/clearview-privacy-facial-recognition.html
> https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/facial-recognition-s-dirty-little-secret-millions-online-photos-scraped-n981921
> https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2019/01/diversity-in-faces/
> 
> In my opinion building a model for face recognition is a derived work,
> and as such must credit the photographers. That pose a real problem
> when the photographers counts in the millions and billions. Even a 1px
> fine print would be troublesome!
> 
> What is the official stance on this? Is it a copyright infringement or
> not, does the license(s) cover the case or not?
> 
> John Erling Blad
> /jeblad
> 
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