On Wednesday 29 September, Florian Koempel welcomed Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and British author Dr Tom Chatfield for a revamped and virtual Charles Clark Memorial Lecture. The focus of this year’s lecture was Artificial Intelligence and both Dr Chatfield and Judge O’Malley reveled in a fascinating conversation.
The discussions moved from philosophy to the practical and legal realities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Dr Tom Chatfield presented a compelling case for the demystification of Artificial Intelligence from recognising AI as machine learning to the acknowledgement that machine learning actually requires human inputs. Judge O’Malley presented the challenges from the perspectives of different legal jurisdictions – whether that be fair use and transformative use, to the issue of moral rights – while also recognizing the fundamental importance of intellectual property as a motivator of creation.
You can watch the full lecture here:
The lecture was brought to you by a collaboration between the Publishers Association (PA), Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS), the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), London Book Fair, the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the International Publishers Association (IPA).
Background on speakers:
In 2010, Judge Kathleen O'Malley was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the appellate court that hears patent cases, with jurisdiction over international trade, government contracts, and trademark law. Judge O'Malley's most notable opinions include rulings for Oracle in a multi-billion-dollar copyright dispute with Google, finding in 2014 that Oracle's Java API was copyrightable and in 2018 that Google didn't make fair use of it in the Android operating system.
Tom Chatfield is a British author and tech philosopher interested in improving our experiences and understanding of technology. Tom has written and spoken extensively about the ethics, economics and technology behind artificial intelligence, outlining the complex challenges posed by AI.
The Charles Clark Memorial Lecture:
The Charles Clark Memorial Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Publishers Association (PA), Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), and the International Publishers Association (IPA). Focusing on key developments in the world of copyright, the lecture celebrates the achievements of Charles Clark—a British publisher and lawyer who was an authority on the law of copyright.
The lecture is delivered by world-renowned copyright experts each year: Professor Daniel Gervais, Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for the Digital Single Market; Judge Pierre Leval, Senior Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals, and Jon Baumgartern, former General Counsel for the US Copyright Office; Professor Michael Fraser, Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney; Professor Lionel Bently, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cambridge; Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer, US Patent and Trademark Office; Richard Hooper CBE, Author of 'Copyright Works' and lead on the Copyright Hub; Maria Martin-Pratt, Head of Copyright, European Commission; Dr Francis Gurry, Director General, UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); Mary Beth Peters, Registrar of Copyright, USA; and Jukka Liedes, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Copyright, WIPO.