AI Update: June 2024 - Creative Law Center

AI Update: June 2024

AI Update: Litigation, Regulation & Deals [Live Workshop]

Trying to navigate the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence and its implications for the creative industry can be head spinning. The headlines appear daily: lawsuits, Copyright Office decisions, proposed legislation, big deals with AI companies.

It’s time to take stock of the situation before it gets out of hand (which, OK, maybe it already is out of hand).

AI is here to stay. It cannot be ignored. In this month’s workshop in the Creative Law Center, we’re going to take a look at were things stand.

In Litigation

How many lawsuits are there by artists, writers and other creators against the AI companies?

Lots. And many have been pending for over a year now.

We will take a look at where those cases are in the judicial process and some of the key rulings that have been made.

In the Copyright Office

What decisions has the Copyright Office made about registering work where the creator used AI tools to create it?

We know from Copyright Office guidance that work generated purely by AI cannot be protected by copyright, that work in which the AI-generated content is de minimus can be protected, and where the AI-generated content in a work is appreciable it must be excluded.

The Copyright Office has had time to make registration decisions based on that guidance, applying the appreciability spectrum to real life applications for registration. We will look at what the Copyright Office has decided.

In Congress

We’ve seen that many big name tech bros and members of the creative arts industry have been testifying in front of Congress in the past few months.

What legislation has been proposed that “can support responsible innovation in applications of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and address growing concerns about the misuse of AI technology?”

We will take a look at some of the proposals that are bubbling to the top of Congressional agendas.

In Big Business

Apple has joined the AI party in a deal with OpenAI.

The Wall Street Journal has licensed its content to OpenAI for training their AI machines.

Google stumbled out of the gate with their new AI search tool.

Amazon is getting flooded with crap books.

Adobe has modified its terms of service.

We will hit the highlights of these deals and debacles.

Big Topics

These are big topics. This month’s workshop is designed to hit the high points in the areas where AI impacts creative professionals. Sometimes a thumbnail sketch is all you need to understand the landscape.

This workshop is being offered as a stand alone opportunity. You do not have to be a member of the Creative Law Center to attend it (members will have access, of course, and need not purchase the workshop separately). You’ll get an email with the Zoom link for Thursday, June 20th at 1 p.m., ET once you sign up. You will have access to the replay for a year. (After that or maybe even before, I expect the information will be ridiculously out of date.)

This is a live, interactive workshop using Zoom. You will be able to ask questions in real time, so bring your list.

I’m not an AI expert, but I have been keeping tabs on things.

Don’t Agonize Over AI, Keep Learning About It.

Humans have a hard time getting rid of things they invent once those inventions prove remotely useful . . . the wheel, gunpowder, the printing press, nuclear power, capitalism, AI . . . whether truly beneficial or truly destructive.

It’s our job to manage this new technology, each in our own way. And to do that, we have to understand who’s doing what to appreciate where it may be headed.

Join us on June 20th at 1 p.m. ET.

About the Author

Kathryn Goldman helps small business people, writers, artists, and creative professionals make a living from their creative work by teaching them how to protect and enforce their rights. She is an attorney who writes these posts to help you be more thoughtful about intellectual property and the law as you build your business, write your stories, and create your art.