The Copyright Society of Australia is excited to welcome visiting academic Professor Martin Senftleben to consider the evolving issue of remuneration for authors and generative AI in a Special Event hosted by Ashurst.

It has been argued that generative AI systems are likely to substitute human creations and usurp the market for human works. Against this background, this seminar will explore proposals and strategies to ensure that revenue from generative AI is shared fairly with human authors.

Discussing EU copyright law, Professor Senftleben will argue that the rights reservation approach under the 2019 Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market – now flanked by the AI Act – raises considerable legal and practical difficulties.

Instead of imposing heavy burdens on AI training, it is argued that policymakers in other regions should implement output-oriented remuneration systems that require payment once generative AI systems are brought to the market.

The Society is also pleased to welcome friends of the Society, Rita Matulionyte and Michael Handler, to join this in-person discussion on Professor Senftleben’s paper.


Date:  Tuesday 30 April, 2024
Venue: Ashurst (Sydney office)
Level 11, 5 Martin Place, Sydney
In-person: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Lunch provided from 12:30
Live Stream: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

In-person: Members $55 | Non-members $80
Online: Members $35 | Non-members $60
Online Group Viewing: $140 (Corporate Members only)

1 CPD unit for attendees

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Professor Martin Senftleben
Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

Martin Senftleben is Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the reconciliation of private intellectual property rights with competing public interests of a social, cultural or economic nature. Current research topics include AI training and text and data mining; machine substitution of human creative labour and author remuneration; platform and digital ecosystem regulation. Professor Senftleben is a member of the Benelux Council for Intellectual Property and a former member of the Copyright Advisory Committee of the Dutch State. He provided advice to WIPO in copyright, trademark and unfair competition projects. For the European Commission, he prepared a study on data access and reuse in scientific research projects. He is a member and former president of the European Copyright Society (ECS) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI). As a visiting professor, he was invited to the National University of Singapore, the Engelberg Center at NYU Law School, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, Tel Aviv University and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Xiamen University.

Dr Rita Matulionyte
Associate Professor, Macquarie University Law School

Rita Matulionyte is an Associate Professor at Macquarie University Law School, an affiliate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S), and a recipient of Women in AI Award 2023 APAC, in the AI in Law category. She is an international expert in intellectual property and technology law, with her most recent research focusing on legal and governance issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence technologies. Rita has over 60 research papers published by leading international publishers and she has been invited to present her research in conferences in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. She has co-authored commissioned reports for the European Patent Office, the governments of Australia, South Korea and Lithuania. Rita is serving as an expert at the Australia Government’s Copyright and AI Reference Group (CAIRG), Standards Australia IT-043 Committee on Artificial Intelligence, is an Executive Member of Macquarie University Ethics and Agency Research Centre, and is an active member of the Australian Alliance for AI in Healthcare, Safety and Ethics Working Group.


Professor Michael Handler
Head of the School (Private and Commercial Law), Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW

Michael Handler is a Professor and Head of the School of Private and Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney.  He teaches and researches in intellectual property law.