UK lawmakers are looking into the philosophical issues concerning the application of copyright protections to machine output in order to incentivise businesses to use artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
Indeed, there are several questions regarding creative works generated solely by AI tech without human intervention and if they should be protected by copyright. Works created by AI are currently given a special form of copyright protection, which will be valid for a shorter amount of time than if created by a human author.
This is still in discussion as the UK is one of the first countries to give copyright protection to creative works generated only by AI. Protecting the creative output by copyright will give the person by whom the arrangements necessary for the creation of the work are undertaken exclusive rights to exploit the work and an opportunity to recoup their investment costs. However, some argue that copyright protection is to reward creative human effort and so it would be excessive when driven solely by technology.
The outcome will be published in the coming weeks, which might bring changes to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.