Jane C Ginsburg, ‘Intelligent Machines: Who (or What) Creates a Work of Authorship?’, Trinity College Dublin, 25 January 2018, 6-8pm

In copyright law, an author is a human being who exercises subjective judgment in composing the work and who controls its execution. But challenges arise when the putative author partners with a machine or with natural forces to create a work of authorship. Do mechanical or natural interventions in the production of a work result in an insufficiently human-authored creation? The burgeoning of ‘computer generated works’ – outputs of digital neural networks that have ‘taught themselves’ to combine rules of literary, musical or artistic assembly after being ‘trained’ on a database of pre-existing works – requires us to ask whether those outputs are ‘original works of authorship’ entitled to copyright protection. This talk by Prof Jane Ginsburg, Morton L Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia University (School of Law) will first review non-digital examples in order to derive principles of copyright authorship to apply to computer-implicated outputs … (more)

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