The use of copyrighted works in data sets for machine learning - Commentary on the 2018 reform of the Japanese Copyright ActRobotics/Artificial Intelligence Newsletter
The Japanese Copyright Act was amended in 2018. In this newsletter, we focus on explaining one amendment (Article 30 4), which allows the use of copyrighted materials, under certain conditions, for machine learning purposes. This new flexibility is provided in response to the progress of digitalization and data usage, and general recognition of the benefits AI can have for society. As a result, it is expected that the use in Japan of copyrighted works (created both domestically and abroad) for such purposes will increase. We review the changes to the law, as well as the intended benefits, and discuss some real-world applications and remaining uncertainties.