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October 20, 2023 - Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Federal Government Interest in AI Continues.

You can’t seem to turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or open a newspaper these days without hearing about the merits and potential risks of AI—and the federal government is paying attention. Here are some recent examples:

  • In September, the Review Board of the Copyright Office affirmed—for a second time—the Registration Program’s denial of registration for “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial,” a work created using generative AI tools.
  • The Copyright Office issued a notice of inquiry and request for comment on a variety of GAI-related questions. Initial written comments are due by 11:59pm ET on October 30, 2023.
  • During a recent hearing before the House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee, the heads of various federal agencies testified on how they are using AI.
  • Tech leaders and lawmakers also met to discuss the regulation of AI.
  • The Protect Elections from Deceptive AI Act, which would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, was introduced in the Senate last week with bipartisan support. If passed, the law would ban the distribution of certain deceptive AI-generated content in election ads.
  • The White House continues to push to secure voluntary commitments from leading AI companies on the development of trustworthy AI.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on AI during the spring and summer. The first hearing in May focused on “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Part I—Interoperability of AI and Copyright Law,” and the second hearing in July centered on “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property – Part II: Copyright.”