The Alan Turing Institute sponsors ‘Copyright Encounters with Blockchain, NFTs and AI Creativity’ in collaboration with Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa).

By Mr John Stevenson(Senior Communications Officer), Published

The City Law School and AI Research Centre, CitAI in the School of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, organised a workshop titled, Copyright Encounters with Blockchain, NFTs and AI Creativity on 13th September 2022.

Sponsored by the Alan Turing Institute, and chaired by Dr Eduardo Alonso, Dr Enrico Bonadio and Professor Caterina Sganga, the workshop considered the challenges posed by the irruption of NFT crypto art, and its impact on copyright and intellectual property regimes. In particular, issues at the intersection between AI, smart contracts, data science, copyright law, business and social sciences were discussed.

Liability of NFT platforms

Indeed, there are ongoing debates around what the ownership of NFTs gives collectors under copyright law; if creating and distributing NFTs violates copyright and moral rights; the liability of NFT platforms; the impact on authenticity rules and counterfeiting; the ethical and philosophical aspects of creating, distributing, and collecting NFTs within the copyright framework.


International experts in NFTs, IP and AI, including Andres Guadamuz (University of Sussex), Péter Mezei (University of Szeged), Ioanna Lapatoura (University of Nottingham), Giancarlo Frosio (Queen’s University Belfast), Anthony O'Dwyer (Queen’s University Belfast), Antoni Rubí-Puig (Pompeu Fabra University), Domenico Quaranta (Catholic University of Milan), Zoi Krokida (University of Stirling), Balázs Bodó (University of Amsterdam), Joost Poort (University of Amsterdam), Martin Zeilinger (Abertay University), Alana Kushnir (The Serpentine), Primavera De Filippi (Harvard University), Peter Yu (Texas A&M University), and Patrick Goold (The City Law School), contributed to the workshop.

The event was the first of its kind and serves to establish an international network on this interdisciplinary emerging topic, followed by the publication of a book.