Copyright Through the Lens of Artificial Intelligence

When: December 12, 2019 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST - This event has passed

About the Program:

More and more “creative” content is being generated by computers. When machines produce artwork, music, and other creative works, who – if anyone – owns the copyright? Conversely, if the machines’ work copies pre-existing works, who – if anyone – could be liable for infringement? Our panelists will explore these and related cutting-edge issues raised by advances in artificial intelligence technologies, which stretch the boundaries of existing copyright law and doctrine. They will also discuss the challenges that artificial intelligence poses for the existent copyright law and where they see that law evolving into the future.


John Delaney is a partner in the New York office of Perkins Coie, where he advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on licensing, intellectual property and technology-related matters. John’s experience includes negotiating software and content development and distribution agreements and licenses, complex IT and business process outsourcing contracts and service level agreements and joint ventures. John advises clients on matters relating to AI, machine learning, virtual reality, augmented reality, social media, mobile apps, cloud computing, big data analytics, smart contracts, blockchain, P2P networks, 3D printing and other emerging technologies. John also assists clients in identifying online liability issues and developing risk-reduction strategies, including in connection with data scraping, online marketing campaigns, user-generated content, voice platforms and interactive products and services. In the media space, John has extensive experience with the licensing of music, TV, film and other content for transmitting, streaming or downloading through traditional distribution channels and online platforms. In the social media space, John is highly knowledgeable of the rapidly evolving law of social media, social influencers and interactive marketing. He drafts and helps implement online contracts and social media policies and guidelines, advises on compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Communications Decency Act (CDA) safe harbors, and assists with legal issues relating to corporate blogs, social media platforms and mobile applications.

John is a frequent author, blogger and lecturer on technology and intellectual property law developments. He was recently named “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, 2020. Crain’s New York Business included him in its “Technology 100,” a list of individuals “likely to shape the direction and growth of New York’s economy for years to come.” JD Supra awarded him its 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in the category of “Emerging Topic: Artificial Intelligence.”  John received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was the Executive Notes Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts.

Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid, PhD, is a professor of Intellectual Property Law, focusing on the challenges of advanced technology, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cyberspace, privacy and competition laws, from theoretical perspective as well as on comparative and international aspects. Prof. Yanisky-Ravid is a Visiting Professor at Fordham Law (from 2012) and is the Head of the “IP – AI & Blockchain Research Project” at Fordham Law CLIP working with Prof. Joel Reidenberg. She is also a Law Professor Research Fellow at the Yale University Law School, ISP, since 2011, when she completed post-doctoral studies at Yale Law School, and where she conducted two seminars: “Law and Society In Israel: Contemporary Issues” and “Advanced Legal Studies for the VR Graduate Program”. Prof. Yanisky-Ravid is a full time Senior Law Faculty Member at the Ono Academic College, Law School, which is the largest law school in Israel, and the founder and director of the Shalom Comparative Research Institute, Eliyahu Law and Tech Center at Ono.

One of her studies, titled “Generating Rembrandt: Artificial Intelligence, Copyright, and Accountability in the 3A Era—the Human-Like Workers are Already Here—A New Model”, was chosen as the 2017 Visionary Article in Intellectual Property Law and in addition won an award, by Michigan State University. She was also recently identified as “the foremost thinker on AI and copyright” in the Copyright Society of the USA’s 2018 Brace Lecture by Judge Katherine Forrest. Prof. Yanisky-Ravid’s article “Equality and Privacy By Design” addresses big data, that AI systems must “swallow”, as the major source of biases, including at workplaces, rather than the algorithm, and suggests a new model of AI data transparency (Fordham U.L.J., special edition on AI and big data). Her article “From the Myth of Babel to Google Translate” discusses, among other topics, AI biases and discriminative results. Her work on the book “Intellectual Property at Workplaces: Theoretical and Comparative Perspective” won the Van Calker Fund Award, awarded to selected scholars and was described as a profound academic work on the field. She won the Minerva Center for Human Rights award as well as the Silbert grant for other research she has done. Currently, she is writing two books, one of them discussing the interconnections between IP and AI.

Professor Yanisky-Ravid is a sought after lecturer at leading universities around the world, such as Harvard University, Berkman K. Center for Internet & Society, Columbia University, Miami University, NYU Law and American University in the U.S., as well as at Lausanne University, Switzerland, Urbino University, Italy, Oxford, UK, and others. In addition, she has actively collaborated, for more than a decade, with international organizations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne. She is a member of many boards and forums around the world in her fields of expertise. She holds BAs in Life Science and in Psychology from Bar Ilan Univ., Israel (both Cum Laude); LLB in Law, Tel Aviv Univ., Israel (Cum Laude and 3 times dean award); PhD Law, Hebrew Univ., Direct Program for Outstanding Students; Post Doc. Graduate Program, Yale Law School.   



The Copyright Society is a Certified CLE Provider. Program will satisfy 1 NY and 1 PA CLE credit.  The intermediate program is transitional and appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


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The Copyright Society is a Certified CLE Provider. Program will satisfy 1 NY and 1 PA CLE credit. The intermediate program is transitional and appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.