Copyright + Technology Conference 2023

When: September 14, 2023 at 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Where: Fordham University Law School


Copyright and Technology 2023 is the latest in a series of conferences that focus on the dramatic and fast-moving influences that technology has on copyright in the digital age. Now in its fourteenth year, it’s the unique forum where technologists, attorneys, media industry people, and public policy decision makers get together in the same room for intelligent dialog over current hot topics related to copyright and technology.

The conference will be held in the Constantino Lecture Hall.



7:00 pm EDT

Crude Humble & Obvious Performance

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9:30 am - 10:00 am EDT

Welcome and Introductions


Bill Rosenblatt


10:15 am - 11:15 am EDT

The Model Train Set: AI Training Models and Their Impact on Copyright Liability

There are various techniques for training machine learning systems that use preexisting works in different ways and therefore have different implications for copyright. Assessing the potential liability of those techniques requires understanding of how these techniques work. For example, the techniques used to train large language models (such as ChatGPT) are materially different than those for diffusion or image classification models, and they can change again at the fine-tuning level. Throughout these different processes, notions of reproduction, distribution, and display may or may not be implicated, and indeed traditional notions of what these terms mean may be subject to strain and challenge in the world of AI. In this session, we’ll explain how content becomes data for AI purposes and identify where potential reproduction, distribution, and display of content may occur.


Aleksander Goranin


11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Author! Author? What Is An “Author” and How Can AI Be One?

The Copyright Office notes that it “will not register works produced by a machine or mere mechanical process that operates randomly or automatically without any creative input or intervention from a human author.” This has led to the Office issuing several high profile registrations rejections for works created in whole or in part using artificial intelligence tools. To determine whether, and to what extent, a human author is involved in the creation of works made with generative AI tools, it is important to understand just what we mean by the term “author.” Our panelists will discuss what it means to be an “author,” whether that “author” must be a human being, and the various doctrines adopted by courts throughout the years in trying to identify and define an author. The panelists will compare the U.S. approach to AI-generated work authorship with those of jurisdictions such as the UK that recognize ownership rights.


12:30 pm - 1:15 pm EDT



1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

Keynote Address


Jason Kwon


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm EDT



2:45 pm - 3:45 pm EDT

Are You for Real? Identifying and Detecting AI-Generated Content

The amount of content submitted to commercial services that is generated by AI is poised to explode. Determining which works come from humans and which come from AI–and to what degree–will become more and more important as the volume grows. In this session, we look at efforts to identify AI-generated works proactively as well as emerging technologies for telling the difference after the fact. Are there solutions that will work well enough for rights administration purposes? Our panelists will discuss.


3:45 pm - 4:00 pm EDT



4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Turn the Page: The Future of Libraries in the Wake of Hachette v Internet Archive

This past March, a district court in New York awarded summary judgment to a group of book publishers in their litigation against the Internet Archive over certain forms of digital book lending. The ruling could have profound implications for libraries as they work to make content available that they preserve in digital form or that is “born digital” on acquisition. On this panel we’ll discuss potential ways forward for libraries if the ruling is let stand on appeal: is controlled digital lending (CDL) dead, or are there ways to achieve its aims that avoid what is now considered liability? Or is licensing going to be the way to fulfill libraries’ missions in the digital age?



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