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Sunday, May 5 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Artificial Intelligence Meets Tin Pan Alley

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Artificial Intelligence is surely changing the world, including the way that music is created and consumed. In fact, AI is invading the sacred realm of songwriting. Today, in the time it takes some people to restring and tune a guitar, AI software has the ability to compose a melody and lyrics that arguably are similar enough to human-written songs to evoke real emotions.  Is it inevitable that a computer will create a chart-topping song in the not-so-distant future? Consider, for example, the AI-created Pop song, “Daddy’s Car.” Released in 2016, it’s said to be the world’s first structured AI Pop song, for which AI software drew “inspiration” from the decades-old and revered Beatles songbook. Could the creative, business, and legal implications of this brave new world fundamentally disrupt the very foundation of the music and broader entertainment industries? 

Among the legal issues to be discussed, perhaps the most important one is who owns the copyright in an AI-written song? Who its “author” under the Copyright Act? Is it the person who created the underlying software; the person who gathered and inputted the data; the person who owns the hardware; the person who commissioned and paid for the creation of the AI-written song; or someone else? Or could it possibly be the AI itself? The myriad legal questions presented have not been answered yet, but they are likely to be addressed sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the interplay between human intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in the creative process is happening now, in real time.


John Beiter

Entertainment Attorney, Beiter Law Firm PLLC

Sunday May 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Symphony C

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