Intellectual Property: Entertainers

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Equity Stop AI Stealing the Show, published on 21 April, what assessment they have made of the effect of artificial intelligence, including AI-made performance synthetisation, on the intellectual property rights of performers and creative workers in relation to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government recently consulted on AI and its relationship with copyright and patents. Equity was among 88 organisations and individuals who responded to this consultation. The Government will publish its response in due course.

The UK’s intellectual property framework, which includes strong protections for performers’ rights, is consistently rated among the best in the world and the Government intends for this to continue. The law is kept under constant review to ensure it meets the challenges of modern technology as part of the usual policy process and as guided by the evidence.

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