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Introduction

The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents a number of challenges for copyright law, with two in particular standing out: first, allowing the development of AI and, secondly, accommodating the outputs of AI-created works within the existing legal framework.

With regard to the former, allowing AI to develop requires tackling legal regimes - including copyrights, contractual restrictions and database rights - that might restrict or even prevent vital steps in AI development, including the training of AI by mining large quantities of text and data.

In the US, there are indications that text and data mining might be performed without a licence, while in Europe and in the UK the discourse is much more complex than that: it is believed that - to be performed lawfully - text and data mining should be in principle subject to the authorization of a large number of different right holders.

Turning to the latter, questions have begun arising and will likely become more pressing in the immediate future and relate to what type of protection (if any) is available to works created by AI. In this respect, the key issues are: Can copyright accommodate non-human authors? Would a work created by AI be regarded as sufficiently original? Who would own the copyright in these works?

This webinar will allow you to understand the challenges facing AI development in Europe in order to assist clients seeking guidance on these issues.

What You Will Learn

This webinar will cover the following:

  • The intellectual property issues relevant to AI
  • The legal issues facing text and data mining, in Europe, the UK, and the US
  • The new EU-wide text and data mining exception, as included in the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market
  • The key issues for automation and AI-generated creativity in Europe, the UK, and the US
  • The effects of Brexit on AI-generated creativity in the UK

This webinar was recorded on 15th April 2019

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