The U.S. Copyright Office today launched a new initiative to examine the copyright law and policy issues raised by artificial intelligence, including the scope of copyright in works generated using AI tools and the use of copyrighted materials in AI training.
This initiative is in direct response to the recent striking advances in generative AI technologies and their rapidly growing use by individuals and businesses. The Copyright Office has received requests from Congress and members of the public, including creators and AI users, to examine the issues raised for copyright, and it is already receiving applications for registration of works including AI-generated content.
To address the copyrightability and registration issues raised by these works, the Copyright Office is issuing new registration guidance. The guidance makes clear that applicants have a duty to disclose the inclusion of AI-generated content in works submitted for registration. It outlines how to do so, how to update pending applications, and how to correct the public record on copyright claims that have already been registered without the required disclosure.
Throughout the spring, the Copyright Office will host public listening sessions with artists, creative industries, AI developers and researchers, and lawyers working on these issues. These roundtable-format listening sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss their goals and concerns related to the use and impact of generative AI in creative fields.
Later this year, the Copyright Office plans to publish a notice of inquiry soliciting public comments on a wide range of copyright issues arising from the use of AI.
Interested parties can register for the public listening sessions using the links below:
- Literary Works on Wednesday, April 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time
- Visual Works on Tuesday, May 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time
- Audiovisual Works on Wednesday, May 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time
- Music and Sound Recordings on Wednesday, May 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time
The Copyright Office may not be able to accommodate all requests to participate in the listening sessions but will provide other opportunities for interested parties to share their views on AI policy.
Following the listening sessions, the Copyright Office will continue engaging with the public through informational webinars during the summer.
In support of this initiative, the Copyright Office has also launched a new webpage for announcements, events, and resources related to AI and copyright at copyright.gov/ai. The Copyright Office welcomes public input and feedback and encourages you to visit the webpage and contribute views and information.
The Copyright Office is the principal federal entity charged by statute with the administration of the U.S. copyright law. Among other statutory duties, the Register oversees the copyright registration and recordation systems of the United States, manages statutory royalty fees totaling more than a billion dollars annually, advises Congress on domestic and international copyright policy issues, and provides support on copyright matters to courts and executive branch agencies.
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