IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture Announced

Where the creative arts meet artificial intelligence: IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture 2021 to focus on the important intersection between copyright and AI.

IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland are highlighting the growing importance and complexity of the relationship between creative intellectual property (IP) and artificial intelligence (AI). 

Dr Mark Hyland, IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Law Society, outlines that the growing prominence and transformative power of AI is having an enormous impact on the creation and distribution of cultural and creative goods and services.

This important topic has been the focus of a series of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) public consultations called the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence,” Dr Hyland explains. “The conversation aims to bridge the existing information gap between AI players and regulators, and build broad awareness of the diverse issues in this fast-moving and complex field.” Read more about the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI here, with the most recent public consultations having taken place (virtual sessions) on 7-9 July and, on 4 November 2020. 

“There is a concept on the effect of new technology, known as ‘Amara’s Law,’” suggests Barry Scannell, Director of Legal Affairs in IMRO and a PhD candidate on AI and music rights in University College Cork, “Whereby the short-term effects of a new technology are over-estimated, while the long-term consequences of the technology are ignored.”

“We are witnessing this in the intersection of AI and music, where the state-of-the-art in AI is not capable of autonomously generating art, but there are still concerns in some sectors as to what this means for the industry. Meanwhile, the technology’s overwhelmingly positive long term-capabilities are not given adequate consideration,” he said. 

2021 IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture

The Law Society and IMRO will host a free public lecture on the intersection between copyright and AI on Tuesday 16 February 2021. This event is part of a unique partnership between the Law Society and IMRO, designed to highlight the importance of intellectual property to Ireland’s economic, cultural and creative sectors.

The lecture, titled The Complex Intersection between Copyright and Artificial Intelligence will be delivered online and details of how to register will be published in early 2021. Speakers on the day will be Dr Hyland, Barry Scannell (IMRO) and Professor Jonathan Griffiths of Queen Mary University of London (acting as discussant). 

IMRO Adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property Law

Dr Mark Hyland is the inaugural adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law. IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland partnered to create the role in response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable on-going effects on copyright law and practice.

The professorship is a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of trainee and qualified solicitors in the expanding area of IP Law.  The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.

Dr Hyland is a lecturer in the College of Business at the Technological University Dublin. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geo-location/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works. He is a qualified solicitor and contributes articles on EU IP/IT law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.

Read more about the IMRO Adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property Law here.

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