Sotheby’s will put two paintings by the French art collective Obvious up for sale on Thursday, including “Le Baron De Belamy.” The European classic style portrait is part of the same series as “Portrait of Edmond Belamy”, which sold for more than 60 times the lowest estimate at Christie’s during the 2018 fall auctions.
The team that helped resurrect James Dean with visual effects for an upcoming Vietnam war movie isn’t done creating digital versions of famous actors and other celebrities: Intellectual property licensing specialist CMG Worldwide has merged with immersive content creation studio Observe Media to form Worldwide XR, a new company that aims to bring digital humans to traditional film as well as augmented and virtual reality.
Artificial intelligence (AI) generated contents have been posing formidable challenges to the existing Intellectual Property (IP) regime. It remains a critical question as to how far prevailing IP system, dominantly premised on the consequentialist and/or utilitarian approaches, is ready to accommodate AI generated contents.
An unfinished two-page musical sketch by Antonin Dvořák was discovered a century after it was written in the archives of the Czech Music Museum, during research on the composer’s later career. It was completed by AIVA, witch stands for Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist. AIVA read through all of Dvořák’s compositions and built mathematical models to predict how the composer worked.
Major tech companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter are concerned about harmful copyright legislation being created around the world. Industry groups warn that these developments, including the EU Copyright Directive, harm the interests of US companies, while conflicting with various free trade agreements.
People who train text-generating algorithms also can control their results via their datasets. Science fiction writer Robin Sloan is one of a few writers experimenting with neural network generated text as a way of injecting some unpredictability into his writing.
Zelda Williams, whose late father Robin Williams has restricted exploitation of his image, spoke out on the casting news on Twitter: “Publicity stunt or not, this is puppeteering the dead for their ‘clout’ alone and it sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance.”
There is no question that artificial intelligence is destined to replace some human work in the future. But can something that’s created by AI technology be copyrighted? And can AI creations infringe copyrights of others? These are questions the US Patent and Trademark Office would like to have answered by asking the public for input.
There are more people now talking about music-generating AIs as tools for musicians to use, rather than existential threats to their livelihoods. But if there’s one obvious area where AI could replace humans (sometimes, at least) it’s production music.
The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, according to three people familiar with the matter. TikTok has been growing more popular among U.S. teenagers at a time of growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over trade and technology transfers.