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Artificial Intelligence Creating Protectable Artistic Works: The Future of Copyright?
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When: February 15, 2018
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Fox Rothschild LLP
10250 Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90067
United States
Contact: Roger Neves

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Roll Over, Beethoven!

Artificial Intelligence Creating Protectable Artistic Works:

The Future of Copyright?




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 creative artist in dialogue with legal and technological specialists to introduce and explore this brave new world of creativity and protection.


Members: $28 
$19 with valid student ID at door

Lunch served
Program will satisfy 1.5 CA CLE credits pending approval by the State Bar of California.



Judith Finell (Moderator)


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. 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.




Taryn Southern

Artist, singer/songwriter, and digital storyteller, whose videos have received more than 500 million views, and have been featured in Vanity Fair, Forbes, Glamour, and others. As a musician, she is currently producing the first music album composed with artificial intelligence, “I AM AI,” to be released in the spring of 2018. She will present our audience with audio examples of her work and discuss her creative process. She has advised many companies on digital media strategies and produced more than 1500 videos for companies like Snapchat, Maker Studios, Focus Features, and Marriott.



Peter Menell

Koret Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. He is the lead author of the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, published by the Federal Judicial Center for federal judges, and has advised the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state attorneys general, and major technology and entertainment companies on intellectual property and antitrust matters.







John Villasenor

UCLA, Professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management, and a visiting professor of law. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His work includes addressing changes to the content creation and distribution ecosystem. He has also testified before the House Judiciary Committee. He teaches “IP for Technology Entrepreneurs” at UCLA’s Schools of Engineering and Management.





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