A federal judge has ruled that artificial intelligence (AI) cannot own copyrights.
The ruling came in a case brought by Stephen Thaler, who had sued the U.S. Copyright Office after it rejected his application to copyright an artwork created by his AI system.
The judge found that human authorship is a “bedrock requirement” of copyright law, and that Thaler’s AI system did not meet that requirement.
The ruling is a setback for Thaler, who has been a vocal advocate for the rights of AI to own property. However, it is also a victory for Hollywood studios, which have been concerned about the potential for AI to be used to create copyrighted works without their permission.
The ruling is likely to be appealed, and the final decision will have implications on the ongoing contract dispute between Hollywood writers and actors.
The sources for this piece include an article in BusinessInsider.