Aviv Gaon

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Dissertation Title: Artificially Intelligent Copyright: Rethinking Copyright Boundaries

Dissertation Topic:

Given the accelerating development of artificial intelligence (AI), we have to consider if excluding AI from authorship rights is justified. In my research, I discuss the possibility of allocating legal rights to AI for their creations. In building the theoretical foundations for my dissertation, I argue for the legal rights of nonhumans, specifically for AI entities. I develop the concept of AI and define what AI rights are, outline the ongoing debate around AI legal personality, and consider whether we are approaching a ‘singularity’ – a moment in time when technology will reach the next stage of evolution. I envision AI as sophisticated beings that evolve continually, express communicative skills, and are not constrained by the original computer programmer’s code. I further explore the theoretical foundations of authorship from the early 18th century to the present. In doing so, I theorize how AI can be regarded as an author under IP normative standards. Part of accepting the ‘AI deserve copyright’ argument involves arguing against the perception that only human creations are worthy of copyright protection. I shall contend that such a perception, which derives from the Romantic author and individualist paradigms, has lost its substantial grip in modern society.

Education

  • Ph.D. Candidate - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • LL.M - Radzyner Law School, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel
  • LL.B., Cum Laude - Radzyner Law School, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Radzyner Law School, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel (2017- )
  • Instructor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2016- )
  • Mentor, Osgoode IP Moot program (2015 - )
  • Research Fellow, IPOsgoode, the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Center (2015- )

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Antitrust and Competition, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., Law Firm, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2009-2013)

Publications

  • The Secular Minority (Forthcoming, 2017) (With Amnon Rubinstein)
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALYSES OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW (Miriam Marcowitz-Bitton and Lior Zemer eds), Managing Editor (Nevo Publication, 2016)
  • Copyright, Disability and Social Inclusion: The Marrakesh Treaty and the Rolle of Non-Signatories, JIPLP 10(11) 838 (2015) (with Lior Zemer)
  • New Trends in Contractual Interpretation, LAW & BUSINESS IDC L. REV. 431 (2009) (with Danielle Amir, Raanan Ben-Ishay and Yaniv Cohen)

Awards

  • York University Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2018)
  • ISEF Foundation International Fellow (2015-2018)

Presentations

  • Participate - 7TH ANNUAL INTERNET LAW WORKS-IN-PROGRESS CONFERENCE, Santa Clara Law, California (4.3.2017). Presenting - Artificially Intelligent Copyright: Advocating for AI Authorship.
  • Participate - RIGHTS RIGHT NOW: CLASSIC, CONTEMPORARY AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES, York University, Toronto (23-24.2.2017). Presenting - Taking Artificial Intelligence Rights Seriously.
  • Participate – THE 4TH ANNUAL TAU WORKSHOP FOR JUNIOR SCHOLARS IN LAW: LAW IN A CHANGING SOCIETY, Tel-Aviv University (21-23.11.2016). Presenting – Artificially Intelligent Copyright: Rethinking the Copyright Boundaries.
  • Organizer & Participate - INSTITUTIONS, CONSTITUTIONS: THE JUDICIARY'S ROLE IN THE 21ST CENTURY - International conference honoring Supreme Court Chief Justice Asher Grunis, York Center for Public Policy, Osgoode Hall Law School (26-27.9.2016).
  • Participate - EXPLORING LAW AND CHANGE THROUGH INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH, NEW LEGAL REALISM AND OTHER PERSPECTIVES – CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Students Conference (18-19.2.2016)
  • Co-Organizer - THE MEASURE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: NEW PRINCIPLES, FUTURE DILEMMAS, Radzyner School of Law (10-11.3.2014) (Grant from Reinhold Cohn Group - 20,000 USD)
  • Organizer - THE IDC, LAW & BUSINESS LAW REVIEW ANNUAL CONFERENCE (2010)