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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Art: Taking a Look at Copyright Challenges for Libraries

May 6, 2024



The world of art is undergoing a revolution with the emergence of AI-generated creations. But who owns the copyright to these works – the person, the software developer, or someone else entirely? This critical question has implications for libraries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on how copyright law interacts with AI art. We’ll explore how libraries can support the responsible use of AI in artistic creation, navigate the legal complexities of copyright ownership, and ensure the accessibility of these new forms of art for everyone.


As Director of the Copyright Office at the University of Michigan, Melissa Smith Levine provides guidance on all aspects of copyright, publishing, scholarly communication, open access and more. She and her team of copyright specialists work closely with the U-M community to think through approaches to copyright that support transformative learning experiences and the University’s strategic priorities.  Melissa’s professional experience has spanned museums and academic libraries, ranging from the Smithsonian Institution to the Library of Congress, and has included work in government relations and the U-M School of Information.

This event is being sponsored by the ASERL Professional Development Committee