Copyright and Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be on a collision course. The capacity to comb through vast troves of data to generate arguably novel stories, poems, artwork, music, and other expressive works, gives rise to an array of tough legal issues.
Are the generated works truly original and therefore subject to copyright? If so, who owns the copyright? And what scope of protection does such a copyright confer?
Answering these questions poses formidable challenges. But it’s important to put this in perspective. We’ve been here before. Copyright and technology have collided again and again over the ages. In fact, there were collisions before there were copyright statutes. In each case, solutions were found, and copyright emerged intact or even stronger.