In August 2023, a landmark U.S. court ruling denied copyright protection for AI-generated art, deeming it ineligible due to a lack of human authorship. The decision came in a lawsuit by Stephen Thaler against the U.S. Copyright Office for rejecting his application to copyright an image created by his AI system. While Thaler plans to appeal, experts say the verdict underscores current copyright law requiring human creativity. However, AI-assisted art involving substantial human input may still qualify for protection. As AI becomes integral to the creative process, this ruling hints at the complex legal challenges ahead in distinguishing human versus machine authorship. The case significantly develops the evolving relationship between AI, copyright law, and art.