Implementing User Rights for Research in the Field of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for International Action

European Intellectual Property Review 2020, Issue 7

American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-12

12 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2020 Last revised: 17 Oct 2020

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Sean Flynn

American University - Washington College of Law; Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Christophe Geiger

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI

João Quintais

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Thomas Margoni

Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), Faculty of Law - KU Leuven; University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe

Matthew Sag

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Lucie Guibault

Schulich School of Law

Michael W. Carroll

American University Washington College of Law

Date Written: April 20, 2020

Abstract

Last year, before the onset of a global pandemic highlighted the critical and urgent need for technology-enabled scientific research, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched an inquiry into issues at the intersection of intellectual property (IP) and artificial intelligence (AI). We contributed comments to that inquiry, with a focus on the application of copyright to the use of text and data mining (TDM) technology. This article describes some of the most salient points of our submission and concludes by stressing the need for international leadership on this important topic. WIPO could help fill the current gap on international leadership, including by providing guidance on the diverse mechanisms that countries may use to authorize TDM research and serving as a forum for the adoption of rules permitting cross-border TDM projects.

Keywords: Copyright, artificial intelligence, machine learning, text and data mining, user rights, limitations and exceptions, research

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K20, K30

Suggested Citation

Flynn, Sean and Geiger, Christophe and Quintais, João and Margoni, Thomas and Sag, Matthew and Guibault, L. and Carroll, Michael W., Implementing User Rights for Research in the Field of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for International Action (April 20, 2020). European Intellectual Property Review 2020, Issue 7, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3578819

Sean Flynn (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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United States

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

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Washington, DC 20016
United States

Christophe Geiger

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

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CS 20024
Strasbourg, 67082
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.ceipi.edu

João Quintais

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.ivir.nl/nl/medewerker/quintais/

Thomas Margoni

Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), Faculty of Law - KU Leuven ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe ( email )

Scotland
United Kingdom

Matthew Sag

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

L. Guibault

Schulich School of Law ( email )

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Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

Michael W. Carroll

American University Washington College of Law ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016
United States
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202-730-4756 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/mcarroll/

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