Artificial Intelligence Creating New Protectable Works: The Future of Copyright?

When: March 19, 2019 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT - This event has passed


New technologies have always exceeded the boundaries of copyright law, while existing doctrines have stretched to encompass novel and unprecedented scenarios. The next frontier will involve works created directly by computers, but the copyright implications are by no means clear. Are these original and creative works made by a human author or by independent artificial intelligence? To what scope of protection are they entitled, if any? This program presents a cutting-edge dialogue with legal and musical and technological specialists to introduce and explore this brave new world of creativity and protection.



Lawrence J. Siskind (Moderator)
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Lawrence Siskind has practiced all aspects of intellectual property law during a career spanning 40 years.He has lectured and written extensively, and has been interviewed on legal topics by the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fox Business Network, and many other media outlets. Mr. Siskind is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. 

Judith Finell
Judith Finell MusicServices
Faculty, Musicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Judith Finell is a musicologist and president of Judith Finell MusicServices Inc., a music consulting firm in New York and Los Angeles. She has served as consultant and expert witness involving music copyright infringement. Most recently, she was the testifying expert for the Marvin Gaye family in the “Blurred Lines” case in Federal Court. She has testified in many other notable copyright infringement trials over the past 20 years. She regularly advises HBO, Lionsgate, Grey Advertising, Warner Bros., Disney, and Sony Pictures on musical works for their commercials, films, video games, and television series. In 2018, she was the guest speaker at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Commencement. She also frequently advises attorneys, advertising agencies, entertainment and recording companies, publishing firms, and musicians, on copyright issues arising from electronic technology, digital sampling, and Internet musical usage. She has spoken at the law schools of Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Vanderbilt, and others on music copyright. She is a professor of musicology at UCLA, where she teaches the first forensic musicology course in the country. For fuller information see 


Prof. Tyler T. Ochoa
High Technology Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law

Tyler T. Ochoa is a Professor with the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California.  He received an A.B. degree from Stanford University, with distinction, in 1983 and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, with distinction, in 1987. In 1987-88, he was a clerk for the Hon. Cecil F. Poole of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Ochoa is a co-author (with Craig Joyce, Michael Carroll, Marshall Leaffer, and Peter Jaszi) of COPYRIGHT LAW (Carolina Academic Press 10th ed. 2016), a leading coypright casebook; a co-author (with Donald Chisum, Shubha Ghosh, and Mary LaFrance) of UNDERSTANDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW (LexisNexis 3d ed. 2015), a student hornbook; a co-author (with Howard Abrams) of THE LAW OF COPYRIGHT (West 2016), a comprehensive treatise; and a co-author (with David Welkowitz) of CELEBRITY RIGHTS: RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY AND RELATED RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD (Carolina Academic Press 2010).His article, Patent and Copyright Term Extension and the Constitution: A Historical Perspective, 49 J. Copyr. Soc’y U.S.A. 19 (2001), was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Eldred v. Ash¬croft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003).  He has spoken on copyright law at programs sponsored by the U.S. Copyright Office, the Copyright Society of the USA, the State Bar of California, the California Lawyers Association, the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the Nashville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, the Society of American Archivists, and numerous law schools.In addition to his other accomplishments, Prof. Ochoa was a two-time champion on the TV game show Jeopardy!, and a champion on the TV game show Win Ben Stein’s Money. For fuller information see

Christine McLeavey Payne
Fellow, OpenAI

Christine Payne is a research fellow at OpenAI, focused on generating music using neural networks. She holds a masters in music from Juilliard and in neuroscience from Stanford, and graduated as valedictorian of Princeton University with a degree in Physics.
A prizewinner at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, Ms. Payne was featured on Radio France and France TV. She has collaborated with several leading chamber musicians, including musicians from the Emerson String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with singers Deborah Voigt, Isobel Leonard, and Sasha Cooke, and has performed in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Bing Concert Halll, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Ms. Payne is the co-founder of Ensemble San Francisco and was its pianist for four years. 


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Program will provide 1 CLE credit pending approval by The State Bar of California.

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Program will provide 1 CLE credit pending approval by The State Bar of California.