AI works not copyrightable (Thaler case)

“For the reasons explained below, defendants are correct that human authorship is an essential part of a valid copyright claim, and therefore plaintiff’s pending motion for summary judgment is denied and defendants’ pending cross-motion for summary judgment is granted.” 

Thaler v. Perlmutter [US Copyright Register], D.D.C. (Aug. 18, 2023)

In other words, the Copyright Office was correct to deny registration to this work.

The CO is continuing in its process to assess the effect of AI on copyright, so there will be more on this topic to come. 

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