An artificial intelligence cannot have rights and properties over its creations.

Deepak Gupta February 21, 2022
Updated 2022/02/21 at 7:51 PM

O US Copyright Office announced that it had rejected a request for a artificial intelligence (THERE) obtained authorization and rights to a work of art. This decision followed a review of another decision from 2019, which asked for the copyright to works performed by an AI called ‘Creativity Machine‘ (Creativity Machine, in English).

The request for reconsideration of the first judgment was requested by Steven Thaler, who developed the algorithm. At the time, the council of the competent body discovered that the image generated by the machine did not have an elementhuman authority”, something that is required for copyright protection.

Because the construction of the image is generated mostly by the “Creativity Machine“, O Copyright Office still maintained the same decision given earlier. The council believes that there must be a “nexus between the human mind and creative expression” in order to be considered the copyright of a work, with the legislation currently in effect not defining rules for non-humanswith few exceptions.


Credits: Playback / The Verge / Steven Thaler and/or Creativity Machine

the work that Thaler claims it has copyright belonging to its artificial intelligence is the work “A Recent Entrance to Paradise” (picture above). The art represents a “simulated near-death experience”, where the AI reprocessed images to create another hallucinatory image and story about the afterlifebut for the development of this, the algorithm had to have almost no human intervention.

However, this cMinimum human contact in the development of the art is the main problem for the denial of the copyright of the work. The person responsible for the experiment points out that this little contact during the process was part of the experiment, but it ended up not being enough to convince the board.

As pointed out by The Vergeif it were an art made in a different way and with humans more present during its creation, the US Copyright OfficeA would most likely have no problem authorizing the copyright. In the future, with the popularization of these works by AIs, these laws and rules may change over time.

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Source: US Copyright Office, The Verge

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