Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Co-Sponsored by the United States Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization

On February 5, 2020, the Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a symposium that took an in-depth look at how the creative community currently is using artificial intelligence (AI) to create original works. Panelists’ discussions included the relationship between AI and copyright; what level of human input is sufficient for the resulting work to be eligible for copyright protection; the challenges and considerations for using copyright-protected works to train a machine or to examine large data sets; and the future of AI and copyright policy.

The video and transcripts are available above and you can download the full agenda here.

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Session 1 - Welcome

Introductory remarks provided by:


  • Frances Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Maria Strong, Acting Register, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Andrei Iancu, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Session 2 - The Relationship between AI and Copyright

This discussion is an introductory look at what AI is and why copyright is implicated. Explaining these issues is an expert in AI technology, who discusses the technological issues, and the U.S. Copyright Office’s Director of Registration Policy and Practice, who explains the copyright legal foundation for AI issues.


Session 3 - AI and the Administration of International Copyright Systems

Countries throughout the world are looking at AI and how different laws should handle questions such as copyrightability and using AI to help administer copyright systems. This panel discusses the international copyright dimensions of the rise of AI.


Session 4 - AI and the Visual Arts

Creators are already experimenting with AI to create new visual works, including paintings and more.


Session 5 - AI and Creating a World of Other Works

Creators are using AI to develop a wide variety of works beyond music and visual works. AI also is implicated in the creation and distribution of works such as video games, books, news articles, and more.


Session 6 - AI and Creating Music

Music is a dynamic field and authors use AI in interesting ways to develop new works and explore new market possibilities.


Session 7 - Bias and Artificial Intelligence

Works created by AI depend on what creators choose to include as source material. As a result of the selection process and building algorithms, AI can often reflect intentional and unintentional bias. Acknowledging this issue and learning how it happens can help make AI-created works more representative of our culture


Session 8 - AI and the Consumer Marketplace

Companies have recognized that AI can itself be a product. In recent years, there has been a wave of development in this sector, including products like driverless cars. Find out how many AI-centered products are already out there, what is on the horizon, and how is copyright involved.


Session 9 - Digital Avatars in Audiovisual Works

How is the motion picture industry using AI, and how does that impact performers? This session reviews how AI is being used, including advantages and challenges.