October 12, 2023 - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET

American National Standards Institute

ANSI Legal Issues Forum: Copyright Implications in a Changing Landscape

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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Pavilion Room)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

ANSI's 2023 Legal Issues Forum (LIF) will focus on two hot topics for the standards community: the copyright implications of incorporating standards by reference into legislation (IBR), and the copyright implications of using AI in standards (and standards in AI). The LIF is expected to draw a broad group of legal experts, standards professionals, corporate leaders, and other stakeholders interested in the intersection of copyright, innovation, and standardization. Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania professor of law and political science, and director, Penn Program on Regulation, will provide keynote remarks.

Panel 1: What SDOs Need to Consider as the Incorporated by Reference (IBR) Legal Landscape Changes

What would happen to the current U.S. standards system and government use of standards developed by U.S. standards developing organizations (SDOs) if standards incorporated by reference (IBR) were to lose copyright protection? This panel will examine new challenges to IBR’d standards and pending court cases that have again called into question the copyrightability of IBR’d standards.

Panel 2: What are the Copyright Implications of Using AI to Develop Standards?

What unique legal issues are raised by the intersection of copyright and AI—and who, if anyone, owns the copyright of AI-generated content? This panel will explore the potential perils of feeding standards content into AI tools and engines, as well as the opportunities of using generative AI to create content for standards. The session will also explore how standards developing organizations are currently using AI-generated content and how they can protect copyright in AI-generated content used in standards development.


Justin Pierce, Partner