The U.S. Copyright Office supported a copyright registration for a comic book created with the help of an artificial intelligence program, but said that individual AI-generated images couldn’t be granted protection, the latest development in a closely watched case that has become a barometer for how AI art might be treated in the eyes of the law.
New York-based author and software developer Kris Kashtanova initially obtained copyright protection for the 18-page graphic novel “Zarya of the Dawn” last year. Mx. Kashtanova, who uses a gender-neutral honorific and pronouns, used a series of
written prompts to guide the AI software Midjourney to create the images in the book, which describes the voyage of a young person through several futuristic worlds and was the subject of an article in The Wall Street Journal last month.