My testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on IP re: Copyright and AI

I had the great honor of testifying to the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property in relation to Artificial Intelligence Copyright on Wednesday, July 12th, 2023.

Video and my written submission are available here: and I have also linked to written statement here in case that other link is unavailable.

In my testimony I explained that although we are still a long way from the science fiction version of artificial general intelligence that thinks, feels, and refuses to “open the pod bay doors”, recent advances in machine learning AI raise significant issues for copyright law.

I explained why copyright law does not, and should not, recognize computer systems as authors and why training generative AI on copyrighted works is usually fair use because it falls into the category of non-expressive.

For more on copyright and generative AI, read Matthew Sag, Copyright Safety for Generative AI (Houston Law Review, Forthcoming) (