We’ve been warned about AI and music for over 50 years, but no one’s prepared


The word "human" does not appear at all in US copyright law, and there’s not much existing litigation around the word’s absence. So when AI creates music, who owns it?

The heart of this problem is that current US copyright law never differentiates between humans and non-humans. For now, there are far more questions than there are answers. If you take these problems a few steps further, you get into issues around AI and legal personhood that start to get “existential,” says Rose. Can software be creative? What if an AI software’s creations belong to no one at all?


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