Bloomberg Law
Feb. 8, 2023, 10:00 PM

AI-Created Work Isn’t Protectable, Copyright Office Tells Judge

Riddhi Setty
Riddhi Setty

Artificial intelligence systems that create new works aren’t eligible for copyright protection, the US Copyright Office told a federal court.

Shira Perlmutter, director of the Copyright Office, defended the office’s decision to reject computer scientist Stephen Thaler’s application to register the two-dimensional artwork titled “A Recent Entrance to Paradise” that was made by his AI system known as the “Creativity Machine,” because it wasn’t created by a human.

“The refusal to register the Work was neither arbitrary, capricious, nor an abuse of discretion,” the Copyright Office’s response to a summary judgment motion filed by Thaler said, claiming that it applied ...