Takeaways from the AI & Creativity: Protecting Creators in the Age of AI event

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Recently (30 October – 3 November), the AI Fringe took place in cultural venues across London and the UK, in parallel to the UK Government’s AI Safety Summit.

These programmes have taken place at a critical moment in which creators, rights-holders and organisations spanning the creative economy navigate the pace and scale of design, development and application of various forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Our Director of Policy & Engagement, Lara Carmona, attended the Fringe to chair a panel session organised by Creative UK member Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) on ‘AI & Creativity: Protecting Creators in the Age of AI’. Panellists included:  

  • Dr Hayleigh Bosher, Associate Dean / Reader in Intellectual Property Law, Brunel University London (another Creative UK member) 
  • Keiken, Artist Collective 
  • Dr Pogus Caesar, Artist  
  • Christian Zimmermann, CEO, DACS 
  • Matthew Blakemore, A.I Strategist 


Given the breadth and complexity of issues and solutions in this agenda, the panel’s discussion was wide-ranging. Panellists spoke about the existence of frameworks and principles of copyright within the UK, early adoption and use of emergent technologies in creative practice, the importance of support for creators, the need for transparency and the opportunity for sustained dialogue across AI developers, creative practitioners and experts in intellectual property and copyright, among others. Discussion also explored how technology can enhance human creativity, how tools and systems can be responsibly developed and ways AI impacts personal creative processes, the value of creative practice to wider society and how creators can have a voice in policymaking activity for the future of AI.

Lara Carmona, Director of Policy & Engagement at Creative UK, said: “Creators have always been at the forefront of innovation and creativity – it’s critical that they are central to debate and action now, in what some are referring to as the age of artificial intelligence.”

Watch the full session here. 


In March 2024, The Big Creative UK Summit will continue this vital conversation, further exploring what’s on the horizon for the skills agenda within the cultural and Creative Industries. 

Tickets are now on sale – get yours to view the sector’s future from the summit.


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