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In this question if the ML model is trained using TensorFlow (C - software) and TacoTron or TacoTron 2 (B - algorithm), which both are free for commercial use, can the owner of that creative work (A) claim copyrights on the model and its output?

Aside: I'm of the opinion that if voice actors aren't subjects to copyright claims when they do voice imitations (take Donald Duck's voice for instance), then IA voices shouldn't either.


Update: My purpose for training a ML model with some voice data set is to have some text input and make the output indistinguishable of a human voice recording. My intention is not to impersonate whoever those recordings belong to, nor hint somehow that it could be the case.

In fact, down the road I'm sure it will be a way to tweak some parameters to make the voice sound completely different of the one used to train the model.

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  • Why would the license of B and C influence the copyright of A?! – MSalters Jan 16 '18 at 22:54
  • @MSalters I'm not suggesting that, I just wanted to make clear that there is no other party involved. – rraallvv Jan 17 '18 at 13:46
  • Well, there are other parties. Components B and C have authors, and those authors have copyright on their parts - just like in the linked question. This really appears to be a duplicate of the original question. – MSalters Jan 17 '18 at 15:21
  • @MSalters TensorFlow has the Apache License 2.0 and there are already some implementations of the Tacotron algorithm with a similar permissive licenses (also Apache-2.0 and MIT). – rraallvv Jan 17 '18 at 15:34
  • I know, I work for an AI company. My point is that legally, the Tensorflow license wouldn't matter much. If anything, what would matter is the Tensorflow copyright owner (Google, Inc). But even that doesn't affect the owner "A". – MSalters Jan 17 '18 at 15:51

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