May 20, 2022

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Submits Comments on WIPO Artificial Intelligence Issues Paper

UPDATE February 20, 2020

—End Update—

From IFLA:

While much of the focus on artificial intelligence comes from the ethical perspective – including in the library field – there are also potentially importance implications for intellectual property (IP) policy.

These come up throughout the life-cycle – from the possibilities to use copyrighted works to enable machine learning, to the possibilities to use IP to protect AI and what it produces, to the question of whether AI itself could be deemed a copyright holder, and to the implications of IP rules on people whose lives are affected by AI-powered decision-making.

At least stage, there is an angle for libraries who have a mission both to help users carry out research, and a broader focus on supporting individual autonomy in an informed society.

IFLA’s suggestions, in broad terms, cover the potential costs of anything other than broad exceptions for text and data mining, the risks associated with creating new property rights, and the need to preserve and give access to algorithms that take decisions about our lives.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to Full Text of IFLA Submission to WIPO
5 pages; PDF. 

See Also: Direct to WIPO Paper

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