Congress is looking back on a 22-year-old law that safeguards intellectual property and continues to shape the Internet: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is holding a hearing on February 11 that will answer questions of why it was enacted and what the state of the law is now.
The decision of when to trust a machine over a human can be fraught, especially when the technology is relatively new to the public. The choice is often influenced not just by concerns about how it will perform but also by the fear that, if the technology is too good, it will replace workers. An example of this tension has been playing out recently in the Maryland and Virginia legislatures.
Focusing on mitigating speculative concerns about AI will limit its development and adoption. Policymakers should instead encourage innovation while crafting targeted solutions for specific problems if they occur.