Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have a transformative effect on society and important implications for intellectual property (IP) law. Its impact on creation is no longer abstract, with creative works already being generated by AI.

CISAC and its members are discussing with policy makers the impact of AI on Authors’ rights and Copyright - and the potential need for legislative and regulatory action.

CISAC has set up a dedicated working-group on AI in order to help define positions and contribute to the different ongoing discussions at international and regional levels. The group submitted a contribution to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2020, as part of its consultation on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy.

CISAC will continue to engage in these discussions to help policymakers find the best way forward to address AI related issues and monitor initiatives in the United States and in Europe.

This page highlights CISAC's AI campaigns.

CISAC Presidency asks for Europe to put transparency and creators’ rights at the heart of the EU AI Act

On 1 December 2023, CISAC's Presidency issued an open letter urging the European Union to ensure proper transparency principles are laid down in the EU AI Act. CISAC's President, Björn Ulvaeus, also released a personal statement on the EU AI Regulation.


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Photo credits: Björn Ulvaeus ©Kristian Pohl for Zap PR; Yvonne Chaka Chaka ©Chaka Chaka Promotions; Arturo Márquez ©Jesus Morales; Kazuhiko Fukuoji ©JASPAR

Open Letter to policy makers on Artificial Intelligence

On 20 July 2023, CISAC together with other creators' organisations issued an open letter demanding Creative Rights in AI Proliferation. The letter gave Seven principles for policymakers on AI: creators'/performers'


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CISAC Comments on the US Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on Copyright and Artificial

“Copyright exceptions do not exist to undermine the overall functioning of the copyright system and the interests of rightsholders, but to restore the equilibrium between the interests of rightsholders and the interests of the public. Taking this principle into account, even in the context of open norm systems such as fair use, rights may not be stripped from rightsholders simply for the sake of innovation. AI can provide many opportunities for improving society, but such benefits should not be won at the price of human creativity”.

This is the concluding paragraph of CISAC’s comments on the US Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry on Artificial Intelligence, available here. CISAC made its submission on behalf of its global membership on 31st October, responding to the Copyright Office request for comment on copyright law and policy issues raised by artificial intelligence (‘‘AI’’) systems.

CISAC President, Björn Ulvaeus, speaks on AI during his welcome speech at the 2023 CISAC General Assembly held in Mexico

CISAC President Björn Ulvaeus joins CISAC Board members and creators to debate the future of creativity and AI at the 2023 CISAC General Assembly held in Mexico