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Artificial Intelligence Systems-Aided News and Copyright: Assessing Legal Implications for Journalism Practices

Communication Departament, Pompeu Fabra University, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
Future Internet 2020, 12(5), 85;
Received: 29 March 2020 / Revised: 5 May 2020 / Accepted: 6 May 2020 / Published: 8 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Web, New Media, Algorithms and Power)
Automated news, or artificial intelligence systems (AIS)-aided production of news items, has been developed from 2010 onwards. It comprises a variety of practices in which the use of data, software and human intervention is involved in diverse degrees. This can affect the application of intellectual property and copyright law in many ways. Using comparative legal methods, we examine the implications of them for some legal categories, such as authorship (and hence required originality) and types of works, namely collaborative, derivative and, most especially, collective works. Sui generis and neighboring rights are also considered for examination as being appliable to AIS-aided news outputs. Our main conclusion is that the economics intellectual property rights are guaranteed in any case through collective works. We propose a shorter term of duration before entering public domain. Still, there is a place for more authorial, personal rights. It shows, however, more difficulty when coming to moral rights, especially in Common Law countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: automated news; intellectual property; copyright law automated news; intellectual property; copyright law
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Díaz-Noci, J. Artificial Intelligence Systems-Aided News and Copyright: Assessing Legal Implications for Journalism Practices. Future Internet 2020, 12, 85.

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