A recent decision by Judge Beryl A. Howell, who works in a United States court, said that AI art can't get copyright protection. This all started with a lawsuit against a place called the US Copyright Office.
There's a person named Stephen Thaler who makes AI art using something called the Creativity Machine. He tried many times to get copyright protection for his AI-made picture. He wanted the AI to be the creator and himself to be the owner. But the Copyright Office kept saying no.
Judge Howell talked about other cases where it was clear that humans were needed to make something creative. A famous case with a picture taken by a monkey – showed that a human was needed to make a picture that gets copyrighted.
Judge Howell asked a big question: How much human help is needed for AI-made art to be protected? AI often learns from things that already exist, blurring the line between being original and just copying.
Stephen Thaler, who was at the center of this case, wants to fight the decision. His lawyer, Ryan Abbot, doesn't agree with how the law was understood. The US Copyright Office supports the court's decision, showing that they think human creativity is really important.
This situation is also related to other disputes regarding AI and property rights. A well-known comedian, Sarah Silverman, and two other writers sued OpenAI and Meta because their AI models were taking information.