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Dan Burk on AI, Art & Creativity

Season 1, Ep. 645

In this episode, Dan L. Burk, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the AI Global Public Policy Institute at the University of California Irvine School of Law, discusses his article "Thirty-Six Views of Copyright Authorship, By Jackson Pollock," which will be published in the Houston Law Review. Burk begins by explaining the origin of his article in a short story by Roger Zelazny, focusing on Hokusai's series of 36 paintings of Mount Fuji. He observes that focusing on how copyright works in practice can help us understand its relation to creative practice more effectively than thinking about it as an abstraction. And he reflects on how AI presents new challenges to received wisdom about how creativity works.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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