Contemporary Artificial Art and the Law - Gianmaria Ajani

Contemporary Artificial Art and the Law

Searching for an Author

Gianmaria Ajani

BRP - Art and Law


The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an “autonomous author” urges the law to rethink authorship, originality, creativity. AI-generated artworks are in search of an author because current copyright laws offer as a solution only public domain or fragile regulatory mechanisms.

During the 20th century, visual artists have been posing persistent challenges to the law world: Conceptual Art favored legal mechanisms alternative to copyright law. The case of AI-art is, however, different: for the first time the artworld is discovering the perspective of an art without human authors.

Rather than preserving the status quo in the law world, policymakers should consider a reformative conception of AI in copyright law and take inspiration from innovative theories in the field of robot law, where new frames for a legal personhood of artificial agents are proposed.

This would have a spill-over effect also on copyright regulations.