Japanese artificial intelligence experts and researchers urge caution against using illegally obtained information to train AI, as they believe it could lead to “a large number of copyright infringement cases” as well as job losses, false information and confidential information leak.
A draft of the government’s AI strategy council was presented on May 26, raising concerns about the lack of regulation around AI.including the risks that the technology poses to the copyright infringement.
According to Japanese legislator Takashi Kii, at the moment there are no laws that prohibit artificial intelligence from using copyrighted material and illegally acquired information for its training.
“First of all, When I checked the legal system (copyright law) in Japan regarding information analysis by AI, I found that in Japan, whether for non-profit, for-profit, or for acts other than duplication, obtained from illegal sites,” said Takashi.
“Minister Nagaoka clearly stated that it is possible to use the work for information analysis regardless of method, regardless of content,” Takashi added.referring to Keiko Nagaoka, Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology.
Takashi also asked about the guidelines for using AI chatbots like ChatGPT in schools, which also brings up its own set of quandaries.given that the technology will reportedly be adopted by the educational system in March 2024.
“Minister Nagaoka replied ‘as soon as possible’; there was no specific response on the timetable,” he said.
Speaking to Cointelegraph, Andrew Petale, a lawyer and trademark agent for Melbourne-based Y Intellectual Property, says the issue is still in a “grey area”..
“A lot of what people don’t really understand is that Copyrights protect the way ideas are expressed, they don’t actually protect the ideas themselves. In the case of artificial intelligence, a human being inputs information into a program,” explains:
“So the information comes from people, but the actual expression comes from the AI itself. Once the information is entered, it is beyond the reach of the person, since it is generated or pumped by the AI.”
“I guess until the legislation recognizes that machines or robots are capable of being authors, it’s really kind of a gray area and a bit of a no man’s land.”
Pete added that raises many hypothetical questions that must first be resolved through legal proceedings and regulation.
“I guess the question is: Are the creators of the AI responsible for creating the tool that is used to infringe copyrights, or are people actually using it to infringe copyrights?” he said.
From the point of view of AI companies, they often argue that their models do not infringe copyright, as their AI bots transform the original work into something new, which qualifies as fair use under US law.where most of the action is taking place.
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