Modern copyright law can't keep pace with thinking machines

Andrew Tarantola, Engadget, Dec 14, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Copyright meets artificial intelligence. Who owns the product when one part is responsible for the digital input or data used by an AI, while another cerated the AI? For example, "Alex Reben developed and posted to YouTube, "Deeply Artificial Trees", an art piece powered by machine learning, that leveraged old Joy of Painting videos." The Bob Ross estate issued a take-down order. But "If a human can learn from a copyrighted book, can a machine learn from [it] as well?" Good question. We need to be careful, lest these things we learn in our education become the property of content publishers.

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