Are Works of Artificial Intelligence in Need for Further Protection?

E.I.P.R. 2021, 43:2 (Forthcoming)

5 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2021

Date Written: October 20, 2020

Abstract

Due to technological advancement artificial intelligence can create works of art and literature, which easily meet the threshold of creativity copyright laws demand for protection. Traditionally, however, copyright legislation, notably in continental Europe, focuses on work created and conveyed by the human spirit. The missing protection of machined-authored work has led to the question of whether the legal framework still meets the spirit of the time, or rather, needs to be adjusted to face the spread of creative artificial intelligence. This opinion considers if free access to machine-made work should be constrained.

Keywords: Artificial intelligence; Copyright; Human authorship; Financial reward; Originality; Ownership; Public domain; Research and development

JEL Classification: O34, K11, K20

Suggested Citation

Legner, Sarah, Are Works of Artificial Intelligence in Need for Further Protection? (October 20, 2020). E.I.P.R. 2021, 43:2 (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3735360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3735360

Sarah Legner (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Universitaetsstrasse 10
Konstanz, 78457
Germany

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