No copyright for A.I. A federal judge rules
A lawsuit aiming to secure copyright protection for artwork produced solely by AI systems has been dismissed by a federal judge. This decision reinforces the existing principle that human involvement is a requisite for copyright eligibility.
In this case, Stephen Thaler filed a lawsuit after his application to copyright an artwork generated by his AI system, known as the “Creativity Machine,” was rejected by the U.S. Copyright Office.
The judge’s ruling emphasized that copyright law has historically not extended protection to “emerging technologies functioning without direct human input.”
This ruling was supported by various legal precedents that emphasize the importance of human creativity and decision-making. This distinction gains significance as the boundary between AI-generated content and human-generated content becomes progressively more nuanced.
The implications of this decision are significant. While the legal recognition of AI as creators has not yet been established, the ongoing advancement of AI’s creative capabilities might eventually lead to mounting pressure for granting certain copyright privileges to AI-generated creations.