Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What if a computer program itself creates a copyright protected work?
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on June 01, 2002 at 00:36:26:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: What if a computer program itself creates a copyright protected work? posted by Etienne de Villiers on May 31, 2002 at 09:28:22:
: In regards to this debate:
: Mr. Auslander,
: Are you saying that the author of a program is also the author of the program's output?
: Is there any case law on this?
: If I write a computer program based upon a mathematical equation to generate a number sequence. Does that grant me, the author of the program, copyright in that number sequence?
: The output isn't a 'mechanical arrangement or selection'?
: : : I thank you for your answer!
: : : Yes I understand, that when someone uses a
: : : computer program to create a work, then the user
: : : of the program is the author. But what I meant was
: : : that if the program is so advanced that it could
: : : create works without any user? And what about
: : : programs which learns from their mistakes and even
: : : developes itself? Then the program does things,
: : : works or what so ever, itself whitout any user. And
: : : even the fellow who created the original program,
: : : created only the first learning version. The rest
: : : was made by the program.
: : :
: : : : : For instance, when talking about some sort of artificial
: : : : : intelligence? Who should be considered as the author
: : : : : of the work made by program itself? The person who
: : : : : created the software perhaps? There is no problem when
: : : : : someone (a real person) creates a work using some
: : : : : computer program: then that person should be considered
: : : : : as the author, but what if the program is so developed
: : : : : that it is able to create works on it own.
: : : : : I'm writing my theses about these problems.
: : : : : p.s. Greatings from Finland!
: : : : Dear V-M Heller,
: : : : From what you say, it would appear to me that the user of the program, is the author. There may be problems with the created work if it depends on the original creating program in order to function.
: : : : M. Arthur Auslander
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Dear M de Villiers,
What I say is off the cuff. I'm not going to do research to give answers without a fee.
M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
505 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
212-594-6900, fax 212-244-0028, firstname.lastname@example.org
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