Eran Kahana, a cybersecurity and intellectual property attorney at Maslon, is interviewed in an August 15, 2017, Quartz article titled, "If an AI creates a work of art, who owns the rights to it?" The article explains, "Artificial intelligence…can paint, write music, and put together a musical. It can write movies, angsty poems, and truly awful stand-up comedy." It then considers the question, "But does it have ownership over what it produces?"
The article states that, "As it stands, AIs in the US cannot be awarded copyright for something they have created." Eran adds that IP laws exist to "prevent others from using it and enabling the owner to generate a benefit. An AI doesn’t have any of those needs. AI is a tool to generate those kinds of content."
To read the full article, go to: Quartz, "If an AI creates a work of art, who owns the rights to it?"
Eran, a Fellow at Stanford Law School, counsels clients on a wide variety of matters related to cybersecurity, technology law, trademarks, patents, and copyright issues. Eran also serves in a variety of cybersecurity thought-leadership roles and works closely with the FBI, Department of Justice, Secret Service, and colleagues from the private and academic sectors to set, promote, and sustain cybersecurity best practices. Eran serves as both general counsel and as a director on the Executive Board of InfraGard (MN Chapter).