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Daily Archives: August 20, 2023

AI-Created Art Isn’t Copyrightable, Judge Says in Ruling That Could Give Hollywood Studios Pause

Hollywood Reporter: “More than 100 days into the writers strike, fears have kept mounting over the possibility of studios deploying generative artificial intelligence to completely pen scripts. But intellectual property law has long said that copyrights are only granted to works created by humans, and that doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon. A federal judge on Friday upheld a finding from the U.S. Copyright Office that a piece of art created by AI is not open to protection. The ruling was delivered in an order turning down Stephen Thaler’s bid challenging the government’s position refusing to register works made by AI. Copyright law has “never stretched so far” to “protect works generated by new forms of technology operating absent any guiding human hand,” U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell found.”

See also Kyle E. Mitchell – Exactly the Wrong AI Copyrightability Case. Creativity Machine guy assumed away the debate and lost Friday’s trial-court decision in Thaler v. Perlmutter, case 22-1564 in the DC district court, epitomizes the sad fact that just the wrong situation can make bad headlines easy, well before the real work in a legal debate. I’m sure there will be links like “Court Rules AI Art Can’t Be Copyrighted” aplenty. They will be wrong. The court didn’t rule that AI art can’t be copyrighted. It ruled that copyright requires human authorship, surprising approximately zero copyright lawyers…or people who have read the Wikipedia page.

Firms’ Back Offices Brace for Generative AI Impact “…While firms’ focus for now remains on how generative AI will change the delivery of legal services, its impact could be far broader. After all, law firms’ back-office functions won’t be immune from the technology’s disruptive potential. To be sure, exactly how generative AI developments will bolster—or threaten—non-legal jobs is still an open question.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 19, 2023

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 19, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex… Continue Reading

How Geology Shapes History

Library of Congress, By M. Amelia Raines, Reference Librarian, Geography and Map Division: “Many of the most important cities in the eastern United States owe much of their history to a geological phenomenon which began 250 million years ago. The results of the processes which shaped the Earth itself can be seen on modern maps… Continue Reading

AI bots are now better than humans at decoding CAPTCHAs

ArXiv – An Empirical Study & Evaluation of Modern CAPTCHAs, 22 Jul 2023: “For nearly two decades, CAPTCHAs have been widely used as a means of protection against bots. Throughout the years, as their use grew, techniques to defeat or bypass CAPTCHAs have continued to improve. Meanwhile, CAPTCHAs have also evolved in terms of sophistication… Continue Reading

How to Lie with Infographics: A Case Study in Immigration Misinformation

Austin Kocher: “A new infographic posted on social media by Families of New York makes a series of false, incomplete, or just plain incomprehensible claims about asylum seekers. Let’s take a closer look at the growing problem of immigration misinformation, understand what this infographic gets wrong, and set the record straight. Sections in today’s article:… Continue Reading

Beware the Emergence of Shadow AI

Tech Policy Press: “The enthusiasm for generative AI systems has taken the world by storm. Organizations of all sorts– including businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations– are excited about its applications, while regulators and policymakers show varying levels of desire to regulate and govern it. Old hands in the field of cybersecurity and governance, risk &… Continue Reading