A U.S. court has made a ruling stating that art generated by artificial intelligence (AI) cannot receive copyright protection. This decision comes as the result of a case brought before the court, where an artist sued for copyright infringement after his work was replicated by an AI program.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that he will not be participating in the upcoming Republican primary debates. Trump cited his commanding lead in opinion polls as evidence of his widespread recognition and popularity among voters in anticipation of the 2024 election.
Trump’s decision to bypass the debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been a subject of speculation for months. He has consistently maintained that allowing his Republican competitors a platform to challenge him would be futile, given his substantial advantage in national polls. A recent CBS poll revealed that 62% of Republican voters expressed their preference for Trump, while his closest competitor, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, only garnered 16% support. Other candidates for the primary nomination struggled to reach double-digit support.
In response to Trump’s announcement, Andrew Romeo, spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign, emphasized the importance of earning the nomination and stated, “No one is entitled to this nomination, including Donald Trump. You have to show up and earn it.”
Trump’s absence from the debate could potentially shift the spotlight towards DeSantis, making him the primary target for attacks from fellow candidates who are positioning themselves as alternatives to the former president.
The ultimate winner of the Republican nomination race will go on to challenge incumbent Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 2024 election.
It should be noted that Trump is also facing legal troubles, as he is required to surrender in Fulton County, Georgia by Friday. He was indicted last week in a fourth criminal case, which alleges his involvement in a scheme to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.
Overall, the decision by the U.S. court regarding AI-generated art copyright and Trump’s decision to skip the primary debates have significant implications for the fields of art and politics respectively.