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Looking Forward: The U.S. Copyright Office’s AI Initiative in 2024

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More than one year ago, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a comprehensive initiative to examine the impact of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) on copyright law and policy. This blog post highlights the next steps of this ongoing study and summarizes a recent update to Congress from Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter.

Over the coming months, the Office will issue a report, published in several sections, analyzing the impact of AI on copyright and making recommendations about any legislative or regulatory action. The first section will focus on digital replicas, or the use of AI to digitally replicate individuals’ appearances, voices, or other aspects of their identities. This section will be published later this spring.

The second section, to be published this summer, will address the copyrightability of works incorporating AI-generated material. Later sections will focus on the topic of training AI models on copyrighted works as well as any licensing considerations and liability issues. The Office’s goal is to finalize the entire report by the end of the fiscal year.

Separately, the Office will publish an update to the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the administrative manual for registration. The update, which will follow a public notice requesting comments, will include further guidance and examples relating to the registration of works containing AI-generated material.

Additionally, the Office has brought together a group of government and academic economists to discuss the economic aspects of the intersection of copyright and AI. Later this year, the Office will publish the group’s proposed research agenda.

New announcements, updates, and publications will be posted on the Copyright and Artificial Intelligence webpage throughout the rest of this fiscal year. Subscribe to the Office’s NewsNets to stay up to date on the Office’s AI initiative.

Comments (5)

  1. Thanks,

  2. greetings team US!

    thanks for sharing updates regarding Generative A I copyrights…
    please protect work of kids and children from developing regions… many times the work generated by Ai prompted by kids, is very good and all children are under aged to register there work please protect the future of kids ! as the NFT values are very high for multiverse / metaverse it will help the kids to earn and pay fee for colleges or other STEM courses .
    thanks for listening!
    thanks for time!
    good wishes to all!

  3. This is going to be an important step in future copyright law concerning A.I. , I will be looking to see it before it becomes law. Please release all information on this report well before it’s submitted to Congress. We don’t need another oppressive, draconian bill attached to piece of “emergency” legislation. The future of creativity and innovation is too important.

  4. Please do your best to protect the work of artists who are being stolen from in this AI rush. None of them have agreed to have their art taken to be redistributed by these companies without their consent or compensation. This is supposed to be copyrights objective reason for existing. Enforce it for them so they may continue to innovate in the artistic field.

  5. This blog article delving into the U.S. Copyright Office’s AI initiative in 2024 offers a fascinating glimpse into the intersection of technology and copyright law. As someone with a keen interest in intellectual property and emerging technologies, I found the insights shared in this article both insightful and forward-thinking. Drawing from personal experiences navigating copyright issues in the digital age, I appreciate the efforts to leverage AI for enhancing copyright registration and enforcement processes.

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