AI and Copyright - looking at TDM (Text & Data Mining) in commercial databases, AI input and AI output

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a a vast and expanding topic in many industries including the creative sector.

While AI can support innovation and creativity in a range of ways it is important to consider the copyright implications in the development of AI. This is especially significant in the image licensing sector in relation into AI generated creations, training AI and text and data mining in commercial databases.

In this webinar we were joined by legal experts Anna Skurczynska, Open Plan Law, and Sophie Goossens, Reed Smith, who covered some of the ongoing copyright issues raised regarding the protection of human works and AI works.


We took a closer look at:

  • licensing or exceptions to copyright for text and data mining, which is often significant in AI use and development;
  • copyright protection for computer-generated works without a human author; and
  • the UK plans for AI-based economy and the implications for the photography industry.

We considered AI input - training AI with copyright protection data, and AI output - what protection is available for AI generated creations and what is the difference in copyright between AI generated works and AI assisted works.


Sophie Goossens, Partner, Reed Smith

Sophie is a copyright lawyer fluent in both common law systems and civil law systems of copyright. Sophie combines academic knowledge with years of transactional and regulatory experience in the entertainment, media and technology sectors. She focuses on all issues shaping the future of the media industry from a technological, commercial, legal but also from a policy making standpoint. She advises a number of large clients and trade bodies in relation to internet platforms, the data economy, collecting societies and the adoption and transposition of the latest copyright directive.


Reed Smith

Anna Skurczyńska, Founder Director, Open Plan Law

Anna Skurczynska has a broad practice across all areas of Intellectual Property (IP) but with a particular focus on digital copyright and data law. She advises clients from start-ups to multi-national corporations on exploitation and protection of intellectual property assets. In addition to her legal practice, Anna lectures on Media Law and Ethics at the University of the Arts.

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About Open Plan Law

Open Plan Law advises a wide range of clients in the technology, media, visual arts, fashion and retail sectors. We pride ourselves on our expertise in intellectual property, and we also offer broad commercial law advice through a partner network.

As our firm’s name suggests, we work with our clients in the spirit of collaboration. We invest into getting to know their businesses and combine top class client care with commercial pragmatism.

BAPLA members receive the first consultation free of charge, and a 10% discount on our fees.

When: Thursday 27 January

Time: 16:30-17:30 BST

Where: Zoom

Free to BAPLA members

Flexible fees for non-members