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In recent years, we have witnessed several technological advances that cause a profound disruptive impact not only in the economy but also in the way people interact. The changes associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution has to do fundamentally with the use of Artificial Intelligence or robotic applied to the industry, health, transport, and so.
But from an artistic point of view, machines are also capable of producing artistic creations by themselves. This is the case of The Next Rembrandt project, whose creators designed an algorithm capable of analyzing all the paintings of the Dutch painter and generating a new one with the same style. This experience posed a dilemma: can machines be copyrighted? And, to whom should the ownership of those rights be attributed? To settle this dilemma, the United Kingdom obtained the approval of a law that attributes the ownership of the rights to a person, physical or legal, or to the group of people behind the machine. Against this veto, an international team of legal experts has installed patent authorities around the world so that they legally recognizes the authority of an Artificial Intelligence.
The case of the United Kingdom has generated a new debate on the role of machines in creative processes. However, all the laws of the world agree, although not explicitly, that the author must be a human being. It is urgent to establish legal norms that adapt to the new ethical realities caused buy the unstoppable technological growth.
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