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Art in the Age of AI: Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights in the Age of AI

Miriam Lord (left), Alexandra Bensamoun (middle), Amy Adler (right)

Villa Albertine Headquarters
972 Fifth Avenue

May 7, 2024


On May 7, join Villa Albertine for a conversation on French and American views on the changes to copyright laws is needed to account for the unique challenges posed by AI-generated art.

From achieving intellectual property protection while maintaining a fast-paced, innovative landscape to considering whether AI-generated content qualifies for legal protections, this engaging discussion explores key questions related to the reimagining of copyright and intellectual property rights against the backdrop of the rise of AI.

The Speakers

Miriam Lord, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education​, U.S. Copyright Office

Miriam Lord is the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education for the United States Copyright Office. Before joining the Office, Lord was the Director of the Global Intellectual Property Academy at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, providing domestic and international intellectual property capacity-building and technical assistance for education policy and programs. She has also served as co-lead of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Equity Council’s Gender Committee. Previously, she was the Director of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Founding Administrator of the PA Patent Pro Bono Program, which provides under-resourced inventors, artists, start-ups, and creative nonprofits with legal assistance.

Alexandra Bensamoun​, Law Professor at Paris-Saclay University, Member of the French Government’s AI Advisory Committee

Alexandra Bensamoun is Professor of Private Law and Criminal Sciences, specializing in intellectual property and digital law, at the University of Paris-Saclay. Appointed as a “qualified personality” at the CSPLA (Conseil Supérieur de la Propriété Littéraire et Artistique, French Ministry of Culture), where she led several missions, since 2019, she serves as an expert for UNESCO on the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Involved in research networks, she is Vice President of the French branch of ALAI, an associate researcher at OBVIA, and a member of the executive committee of the DATAIA Institute of Paris-Saclay University. She is an expert of the French Government’s AI Advisory Committee, which produced the report “AI: our ambition for France” in March 2024.

Moderated by Amy Adler, Law Professor at NYU School of Law

Amy Adler, the Emily Kempin Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, is one of the leading scholars of Art Law in the US. Adler’s scholarship focuses on the persistent conflict between legal rules and cultural and artistic expression, addressing topics such as fair use, moral rights, online norms, authenticity, and the art market. She graduated from the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and where she received the Marshall Allison Prize in the arts and letters. Adler clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

About Art in the Age of AI

Villa Albertine’s Art in the Age of AI event is a two-day exploration of the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on creative practices, present and future.  

Bringing together French and U.S.-based artists, tech world leaders, museum directors, journalists, scholars, and lawyers, the event will include panel discussions and demonstrations featuring representatives from OpenAI, SAG-AFTRA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the U.S. Copyright Office, Google, the French Government’s AI Commission, Columbia University, Sciences Po, Polytechnique, and more. Moderators include The New York Times’ Zachary Small and The New Yorker’s Kyle Chayka.  

All panels discussions will take place in English at Villa Albertine’s headquarters in New York.

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