People on another forum says portraits are personal data and use of
them is a breach of Art. 6 GDPR Lawfulness of processing. This creates
a problem in most European countries. This is a breach of privacy
laws, and not a copyright issue.[1]

Not sure how to interpret the local copyright law on this. It can be
read both as it is legal (even to just repurpose all kind of images no
matter license) and as it is illegal to do it (it would be similar to
sampling of previously published music). Seems like you are allowed to
train a model, but you can't publish it…

[1] https://gdpr-info.eu/art-6-gdpr/

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 11:58 PM Ryan Merkley <rmerk...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> [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>
>
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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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