Jusletter IT

Copyright of Objects of Automatised Production

  • Autor/Autorin: Maximilian Gartner
  • Beitragsart: Urheberrecht & IP Law
  • Kategorie: Beiträge
  • Rechtsgebiete: Urheberrecht
  • Sammlung: Tagungsband IRIS 2020
  • DOI: 10.38023/7fe998f1-9d1e-47a4-9c92-3506e2f0f77c
  • Zitiervorschlag: Maximilian Gartner, Copyright of Objects of Automatised Production , in: Jusletter IT 30. September 2020
Machines are increasingly able to produce, to an extent independently, results that can be considered worthy of copyright protection. Such products are of substance that a third person without knowledge of provenance would likely attribute them to a human creator. This paper will explore the (contentious) attribution of copyright of such works under Austrian and German Law and will argue that if no other legal link can be established, it is ultimately the last interactor with the machine that should be awarded copyright under the current legal framework.


  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Copyright-Laws as a Human Centric Framework
  • 2.1. Creation as a Human Process?
  • 2.1.1. Randomness
  • 2.1.2. Automatized Creation
  • 2.2. Idiosyncrasy
  • 3. Arguments for Expanded Copyright Protection
  • 3.1. Creation Process as Antecedent to Actual Image Capture
  • 3.2. Attribution of «Supernatural Input»
  • 4. Subject of Copyright Attribution de lege ferenda

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