Fundamental, philosophical issues concerning the application of copyright protections to machine output are raised by UK law makers’ intention to incentivise businesses to make more use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
These issues were at the heart of a UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) consultation on AI and intellectual property that recently closed, where the question of whether creative works generated solely by AI technology without any human intervention should be protected by copyright was under consideration.
Publication of the outcome is expected within weeks. Depending on what that outcome is, changes to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, the primary piece of legislation governing copyright law in the UK, could follow shortly afterwards.
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