Japanese AI experts are concerned about bots trained on copyrighted material

Japanese artificial intelligence experts and researchers urge caution regarding the use of illegally obtained information to train AI, which they say has led to “a huge number of copyright infringement cases”, job losses , False information and confidential information may be leaked.

On 26 May, a draft was presented from the government’s AI Strategy Board, raising concerns about the lack of regulation surrounding AI, including the technology’s risks for copyright infringement.

According to Japanese lawmaker Takashi Kei on April 24, there is currently no law prohibiting artificial intelligence from using copyrighted material and illegally obtained information for training.

“First of all, when I examined the legal system (copyright) in Japan regarding information analysis by AI, I found that in Japan, whether it is for non-profit purposes, for profit purposes, or for duplication Be it for other purposes, it is obtained from illegal sites,” Takashi said.

Takashi Kei speaks on the Second Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Settlements and Administration Committee. Source: go2senkyo

“Minister Nagaoka has clearly indicated that regardless of the content, it is possible to use the work for information analysis,” Takashi said, referring to Keiko Nagaoka, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Takashi further inquired about guidelines for using AI chatbots like ChatGPT in schools, which also brings its own dilemmas as the technology is reportedly set to be adopted by the education system as early as March 2024.

“While Minister Nagaoka replied ‘as soon as possible’, there was no specific answer regarding timing,” he said.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Andrew Petley, a lawyer and trademark attorney at Melbourne-based Y Intellectual Property, says the topic still falls in a “grey area”.

“A big part of what people don’t really understand is that copyright protects the way ideas are expressed, but not the ideas themselves. So in the case of AI, you have a human input information into a program, he said, adding:

“So the input comes from humans, but the actual expression comes from the AI ​​itself. Once information is entered, it is essentially out of the hands of the individual as it is generated or pumped in by AI.

“I think that until the law recognizes machines or robots as capable of authorship, it’s really a gray area and in no man’s land.”

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Petale said this raises a number of hypothetical questions that must first be resolved through legal process and regulation.

“I think the question is; Are the creators of AI responsible for creating the tools it uses to infringe copyright, or is it the humans who actually use it to infringe copyright? They said.

From the point of view of AI companies, they generally claim that their models do not infringe copyright, because their AI bots transform the original work into something new, which is considered fair under US law, where most actions begins. use is considered.

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