U.S. Copyright Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Host October 26, 2021, Event on Machine Learning and Copyright

Issue No. 911 - August 2, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are hosting an October 26, 2021, conference entitled Copyright Law and Machine Learning for AI: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? The event will comprise three one-hour sessions, with a lunch break, and is expected to run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. eastern time. Panels will explore machine learning in practice, how existing copyright laws apply to the training of artificial intelligence, and what the future may hold in this fast-moving policy space.

As long as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic allows for the safe gathering of participants indoors, organizers are planning to present this event in a hybrid format. All sessions will be viewable on Zoom; however, organizers are working toward allowing speakers and members of the public to also attend on-site at the Library of Congress's Montpelier Room. The option to attend on-site will depend on pandemic-related conditions and access to the Library at the time of the event and could be subject to cancelation if conditions change. Cancelation of the on-site option may take place with little prior notice. Whether in-person or via Zoom, audience members must register to attend this free, public event. The Office will post the event agenda and registration information for both the online and on-site options on its website as they become available.