Expert seminar on Artificial Intelligence

Expert Seminar about audiovisual authors’ rights and Artificial Intelligence (online)


On 30 January the SAA held an expert seminar about the impact of generative AI on audiovisual authors’ work and rights in Europe, in relation to - but not limited to - the EU AI Act. Building on the success of the SAA’s previous events (on extended collective licensing in 2022 and on Article 18 DSM in 2021), this event brought together distinguished guests, including policymakers, academics, authors and SAA members’ representatives.


Read their full biographies here


  • Tom Chatfield, Author and tech philosopher
  • Sari Depreeuw, Lawyer, Professor of Law and ABA President (Belgian ALAI group) 
  • Dan Nechita, Head of Cabinet of Dragoș Tudorache, MEP, co-rapporteur for the AI Act
  • Patrick Raude, Secretary General of SACD and Vice-chair of the SAA
  • Anke Schierholz, Head of the Legal Department of Bild-Kunst and President of the board of directors of EVA 

Concluding remarks:

  • Paul Laurent, IP Adviser of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Axel Voss, MEP, rapporteur for the Legal Affairs Committee on the AI Act and former rapporteur of the 2019 Copyright Directive

Moderator: Alia Papageorgiou (President of Press Club Brussels Europe, Member of the Board and consultant).

Bonus material

See also our bonusmaterial recorded ahead of the event:

  • Interview with Dalibor Matanić, Croatian filmmaker and screenwriter & SAA Patron, who shared his insights to how generative AI impacts his work.
  • Interview with Vince Buyssens, Creative digital strategist (Belgium) for an interesting and thought-provoking talk with about AI and the impact on culture and creative professionals. 


Building on our commitment to protect and promote authors’ rights and creativity, the SAA released a position paper on AI in October 2023. The paper addressed audiovisual works as training data for machine learning, the status of AI-generated audiovisual production, and outlined key principles for a human-centred AI regulation, that build on authorisation, remuneration, and transparency for the use of copyright-protected works by AI developers.