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Quantum Computing: A Paradigm shift in Copyright Law, unravelling challenges and opportunities

Quantum Computing: A Paradigm shift in Copyright Law, unravelling challenges and opportunities


Study predicts quantum computing's impact on copyright law, foreseeing challenges in enforcement and increased infringement possibilities

The advent of quantum computing is poised to revolutionise the landscape of copyright law, challenging established norms, according to a recent study led by Dr. James Griffin from the University of Exeter Law School. The study, published in the Intellectual Property Quarterly journal, suggests that the exponential speed and capabilities of quantum computers will reshape the application of copyright law in various ways.

Faster computing, enabled by quantum technology, will offer unparalleled possibilities for tracking and tracing legal ownership in art, music, culture, and literature. While this may lead to an increase in copyright infringements, it also empowers lawyers to more effectively combat violations. However, the study notes that quantum computers could potentially bypass older enforcement technologies.

Key findings include:

  1. Increased Copyright Infringements: Quantum computing could lead to an "exponentially" greater number of reuses of copyright works without permission.
  2. Enhanced Enforcement: Quantum computers may have the computing power to make judgment calls on potential copyright infringements, challenging the boundaries of existing laws.
  3. Quantum Watermarks: Content with embedded quantum watermarks is likely to receive better protection compared to earlier forms without such security measures.
  4. AI-Generated Artistic Works: Existing artworks may be extensively altered for use in AI-generated creations, utilising quantum computing's enhanced capabilities.
  5. Technological Protection Measures: Quantum computing is expected to drive the adoption of technological protection measures, including watermarks and filtering mechanisms to detect, prevent, and contain copyright infringements.
  6. Streaming Over Ownership: The cost of large-scale quantum computing may lead to increased content streaming and reduced ownership, emphasising remote storage to discourage unauthorised use.
  7. Challenges in Copyright Originality: Quantum computers enable the creation of a large number of small-scale works, posing challenges in assessing copyright originality, especially in dynamic contexts like quantum computer games.

As quantum computing evolves, copyright law faces a paradox, with increased infringement possibilities coexisting with the development of advanced technical measures to prevent violations. The study anticipates a shifting landscape where content is increasingly protected through enhanced encryption, and the nature of ownership transforms in response to the capabilities and limitations of quantum technology.

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