Copyright and Algorithms

While in 2011 the “case of the macaque[monkey] selfie” went viral on wordwide social networks, recent exchanges between the Luxembourg Federation of Authors and Composers (Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Auteurs et Compositeurs), the Association of Authors, Composers and Musical Publishers’ Successor Advisory Committee (Commission Consultative des Ayants Droits de la Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs Musicaux or SACEM’s CCAD) and the Culture Ministry in 2017 push us to ask ourselves about the possibility of an algorithm being a copyright holder for its creations, and thus becoming a member of an association for authors and composers.

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No, I have nothing to do with leagle.com

For some time a crazed individual online has claimed that I have some sort of relationship with leagle.com. This is untrue. I do not now nor have I ever had any relationship with that web site.

Out of curiosity, I looked up some court records and it appears as though the owner’s name really is (or at one time was) Don Johnson. You can read more about regarding leagle.com’s ownership by browsing the criminal case filed against an individual who allegedly tried to hack the site to take down unflattering information that he didn’t want on the internet, courtesy of courtlistener.com: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7470470/united-states-v-jahanrakhshan/

For instance, see here: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7470470/80/united-states-v-jahanrakhshan/