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  • Writer's pictureMyndee Lee

Steering Through the AI Terrain: Key Insights from Myndee's Exploration into AI Copyrights

I recently took part in an enlightening class on AI-generated content copyrights. Drawing on what I learned, I'd like to share some key takeaways from the class and the Copyright Office guidance issued on March 16, 2023.

Creators must disclose the inclusion of AI in their works, reflecting the requirement for transparency in this evolving field. The guidance strongly underlines the significance of human creativity, stating that traditional authorship elements - such as literary, artistic, or musical expressions - must be conceived and executed by a human, not a machine.

Interestingly, the guidance doesn't completely dismiss AI's contribution. It proposes a case-by-case evaluation, considering whether the AI's input is a result of 'mechanical reproduction' or depends on how the tool was operated and utilized.

There's a clear boundary, though. If the traditional authorship elements are machine-generated, the work won't be registered, securing the primary place of human creativity in authorship.

Yet, the guidance suggests some flexibility when human creativity is applied to AI-generated material. If a human creatively selects or arranges this content, there may be enough copyrightable elements to make a claim, with protection extending only to the human-authored aspects.

This guidance helps illuminate the intricate pathway for creators navigating the AI landscape, reaffirming the significance of human creativity at the forefront of copyright law.

In a notable instance highlighting the complexities of AI usage in legal practice, a New York lawyer utilized AI to draft a legal brief. The result? A document brimming with counterfeit citations, entirely concocted by the AI. This incident serves as a cautionary tale reminding us that while AI can be a powerful tool, it should not overshadow the importance of human supervision, intuition, and above all, ethical responsibility.

The rapid evolution of AI poses novel challenges and opportunities. The latest Copyright Office guidance is a beacon amidst the uncertainty, emphasizing that copyright protections are rooted in human creativity, despite the use of AI tools. It's a vivid reminder that we are in uncharted territory, requiring vigilance and adaptability as technology continues to transform the creative landscape. Regardless of these advancements, the heart of the matter remains: it's humans, not machines, that should take center stage in the realm of creativity and authorship.

*Penned with a dash of AI from ChatGPT, stirred with Myndee's expertise, and served only after the rigorous taste-test of human vetting!


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