The US Copyright Office has refused to recognize the comic book Zarya of the Dawn as an object of copyright.

Initially, the decision was the opposite.

The US Copyright Office has refused to recognize the comic book Zarya of the Dawn, created by artist Kristina Kastanova, as an object of copyright. Kastanova acted as the script writer of the comic, creating all the images for it in the neural network Midjourney.

The department initially took the opposite decision. In September, Kastanova’s work became the first project created with AI and registered as a copyright object.

The Bureau explained that only works created by humans could claim copyright protection. The agency has initiated a procedure to revoke the registration, and if the artist wishes, she can challenge the Bureau’s decision in court.

According to the artist, the agency explained that they “overlooked” using Midjourney to create the comic. It’s notable that the name Neural Network is on the cover of Zarya of the Dawn.

The comic’s plot, Kastanova emphasized, was her own creation, and the artist also edited the art created by the AI.

Apparently, Kastanova is going to try to challenge the Bureau’s decision. Until the unregistering process is complete, the rights to the comic still belong to the artist.

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