Will the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office establish a national commission on artificial intelligence? We have a response…
The USCO and USPTO have sent a reply letter to Senators Tillis and Coons responding to a letter sent by the Senators in October 2022 regarding IP issues related to artificial intelligence.
In short, the Offices highlight the work they’re already undertaking in the areas of AI and it’s impact on IP rights. But, the USCO also uses the letter to highlight the need for more funding (💰💰💰) in order to avoid derailing already-approved uses of congressionally appropriated funds.
The response letter highlights the congressional action involved with the 1974 establishment of a national commission to explore copyright protections for computer programs (CONTU), which included funding and payment for staff hired and a stipend to commission members.
Basically, the USCO is suggesting congress should act to pass legislation outlining the scope of the commission’s work and a supporting budget authorization.
Let’s see how Congress responds!
It’s also worth noting that the USCO mentions a forthcoming public notice of inquiry (NOI) in 2023 to explore thoughts on AI and copyright. This will be fun and I can’t wait to see the questions they request us to explore!