EU copyright protection of works created by artificial intelligence systems

Master thesis English OPEN
Bøhler, Helene Margrethe (2017)
  • Publisher: The University of Bergen
  • Subject: EU | Copyright | 737102 | Mastergrad | Artificial intelligence
    acm: ComputingMilieux_LEGALASPECTSOFCOMPUTING

This thesis is concerned with copyright regulation of works created by artificial intelligence systems. The rapid advances in artificial intelligence are calling into question some of the fundamental assumptions upon which intellectual property law rests. Currently, the European framework of copyright law does not take non-human innovation into account. Meanwhile, advances in artificial intelligence are quickly making machine-generation of creative works a reality. Institutions of the European Union have recently explicitly addressed the need to clarify legal implications of advancements in artificial intelligence. In this regard, two research questions have been analysed in the thesis: First, whether works co-created or independently created by artificial intelligence systems are eligible for copyright protection under current EU copyright law. Second, to whom, if anyone, should the rights to works entirely generated by artificial intelligence systems be allocated?
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