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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

CCLS Paris 2023 Opening Lecture

When: Monday, September 11, 2023, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) Conference Room, Ground Floor, 9 – 11 rue de Constantine 75007 Paris France


Please join us for the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in Paris’ 2023 Opening Lecture on

"AI Tools in the Copyright Sphere: prospects and challenges"

by Professor Noam Shemtov.

With the advent of the science and technology that underpin AI, we are experiencing a plethora of assertions, opinions and generalisations regarding the promise, challenges and threats embodied in this technology. Some point to the undeniable promise that it holds in automating various processes and procedures, saving valuable human resources and enhancing efficiency and accuracy. Some may refer to threats, either real or perceived, that may be lurking at p[resent or in the not too distant future should AI be allowed to become fully autonomous of human involvement. Yet others focus on the challenges that this technology may pose to our legal regime; acknowledging its enormous potential, while at the same time being mindful of the need to have a suitable legal regime in place in order to successfully accommodate such advancements and their repercussions.

This public lecture concerns the latter approach. Although intellectual property law is not necessarily the first port of call in considering a revision to our legal framework in an AI context (e.g. questions of liability for harms caused by AI come to mind), it is clearly of great interest. The concept of not mere automation but autonomous acts of creation and invention capture our imagination. Is it not time then to consider the prospect of AI creator, and the manner in which such AI is to be treated under our present IP legal regime? At the same time, the interest of content creators, whether textual, visual or aural, is also brought to attention as the capabilities to advance AI tools owe a lot such content. Should AI trainers and users seek the authorisation of content holders for using such content for training their AI tools?

The present talk will address these questions and many more, as we explore that use of AI in creative processes and the challenge that this may present to our IP regime.

Noam Shemtov is Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Queen Mary University of London. He lectures in areas of intellectual property, creative industries and technology and his research interests are also focused in these fields.

Date: Monday 11 September

Time: Doors open: 18h > Lecture: 18h30 - 19h30 > Networking drinks: 19h30 - 20h30

Location: Conference Room, Ground Floor, 9 - 11 rue de Constantine  

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