Am I allowed to use the output from ChatGPT?

People are often worried about if they are allowed to use the output from ChatGPT for their emails, adverts, blogs, etc. According to OpenAI’s terms and policies the answer is yes (with sensible exceptions that you shouldn’t share immoral or illegal text). Read OpenAI’s full policy and terms for details and clarification.

People often ask “Can I use the output from ChatGPT licence free?”, “Can I use the output from ChatGPT without copywrite?” or “Can i use chatgpt output for commercial use?” The answers here explain how OpenAI sees it. So who does ultimately owns content generated By ChatGPT? Read on.

You might also read some of the discussion on this topic at Forbes magazine here.

OpenAI’s terms and conditions at state most answers in section “3a Your Content“.

Do I own my input data and prompts?

“As between the parties and to the extent permitted by applicable law, you own all Input. “

Do I own the output?

“Subject to your compliance with these Terms, OpenAI hereby assigns to you all its right, title and interest in and to Output. This means you can use Content for any purpose, including commercial purposes such as sale or publication, if you comply with these Terms.”

Do I have any other responsibilities when using the content?

“You are responsible for Content, including for ensuring that it does not violate any applicable law or these Terms.”

Do I need to tell people that things I publish are written or partly written by ChatGPT?

Social media, livestreaming, and demonstrations

Posting your own prompts or completions to social media is generally permissible, as is livestreaming your usage or demonstrating our products to groups of people. Please adhere to the following:

  • Manually review each generation before sharing or while streaming.
  • Attribute the content to your name or your company.
  • Indicate that the content is AI-generated in a way no user could reasonably miss or misunderstand.
  • Do not share content that violates our Content Policy or that may offend others.
  • If taking audience requests for prompts, use good judgment; do not input prompts that might result in violations of our Content Policy.

Do I need to tell people that I “wrote” content supported by ChatGTP?

Content co-authored with the OpenAI API

Creators who wish to publish their first-party written content (e.g., a book, compendium of short stories) created in part with the OpenAI API are permitted to do so under the following conditions:

  • The published content is attributed to your name or company.
  • The role of AI in formulating the content is clearly disclosed in a way that no reader could possibly miss, and that a typical reader would find sufficiently easy to understand.
  • Topics of the content do not violate OpenAI’s Content Policy or Terms of Use, e.g., are not related to political campaigns, adult content, spam, hateful content, content that incites violence, or other uses that may cause social harm.
  • We kindly ask that you refrain from sharing outputs that may offend others.

Example text from OpenAI on how you might attribute ChatGPT drafted/generated content

The author generated this text in part with GPT-3, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model. Upon generating draft language, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the language to their own liking and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.

Are there some circumstances where the output has copyright so can’t be used without permission?

Yes, there will be when ChatGPT takes quotes from specific text, though it intends to tell you when it does so

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