AI Usage Policy and Code of Conduct for Relatively Original

1. Introduction

  • Purpose: Defines the acceptable and unacceptable uses of AI within Relatively Original to ensure the integrity of finished works.
  • Scope: This policy applies to all employees, members, and collaborators of Relatively Original.

2. Definitions

  • AI-Generated Material: Any content produced by generative AI tools, including but not limited to text, images, audio, and video.
  • Finished Works: Completed creative outputs intended for publication, distribution, or public presentation.
  • Concept Material: Preliminary research, brainstorming, feedback, concept sketches, and other similar planning and development material not utilized in the finished work.

3. General Principles

  • Integrity of Creative Works: All finished works, marketing material, and commissioned works must be free of AI-generated material to maintain originality and authenticity.
  • Respect for Copyright and Licensing: AI-generated content is considered to have “tainted” copyright status and is incompatible with Relatively Original’s licensing standards and the CC BY-SA 4.0 license used by the organization.

4. Permissible Uses of AI

  • Concept Development: Members may use AI tools for brainstorming, developing initial concepts (such as world-building ideas), character designs, and preliminary sketching. However, this use is discouraged and nothing generated by the AI can be used in a finished work.
    Research: AI may be used for basic research or to parse data but is considered an unreliable source of information.
  • Technical Assistance: AI tools may provide technical input as long as it does not alter any Relatively Original works or assets.
  • Documentation: AI tools may generate, edit, or review documentation, contracts, or similar non-creative tools, provided that all AI-generated content is reviewed by a human.
  • Prohibited Use in Finished Works: No AI-generated content may be used in any finished work. This includes final drafts, published books, blog posts, website pages (excluding documentation such as the Privacy Policy), audiobooks, music, audio clips, videos, images, logos, and artwork.

5. Compliance with Licensing (CC BY-SA 4.0)

  • Non-Compatibility: AI-generated material is entirely incompatible with Relatively Original’s licensing standards and use of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. All content released under any license used by Relatively Original may not contain AI-generated material.
  • Attribution Requirements: Proper attribution must be given for all human-generated content used in finished works, in accordance with the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

6. Responsibilities of Members

  • Adherence to Policy: Members must comply with this policy and ensure that no AI-generated material is included in finished works.
  • Disclosure: Any use of AI for concept development must be documented and disclosed to the organization.

7. Review and Enforcement

  • Periodic Review: This policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure its relevance and effectiveness.
    Enforcement: Violations of this policy will be addressed by the organization’s leadership, which may include sanctions, termination of employment, banning from future contracts with Relatively Original, and retraction of the involved creative works.

8. Reporting Concerns

  • Procedure: Members are encouraged to report any concerns or violations of this policy to the organization’s leadership.
  • Confidentiality: Reports will be handled confidentially and with respect for the privacy of all parties involved.

9. Policy Amendments

  • Amendment Process: Changes to this policy may be proposed by members and must be approved by the organization’s leadership.
  • Notification: Members will be notified of any amendments to this policy in a timely manner.

10. Conclusion

  • Commitment to Creativity: Relatively Original is committed to fostering creativity and originality while embracing responsible and ethical use of emerging technologies.
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