Japan revises IP promotion blueprint policy on AI

The Japanese government’s latest IP promotion blueprint reflects a policy shift towards addressing copyright infringement associated with AI-generated content while considering concerns from content creators, prompting a reexamination of the AI-intellectual property relationship under the current copyright law.

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The Japanese government released its latest intellectual property (IP) promotion blueprint on Friday, revising its policy towards AI. It is believed that the plan aims to tackle copyright infringement related to generative AI content and acknowledges concerns raised by content creators. Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, stated that the government will consider all necessary measures, including responses to specific risks such as copyright infringement. According to Japan’s current copyright law, copyrighted works can be used for AI training without the permission of copyright holders. Recognizing the emerging risks associated with AI-generated content and its impact on creative activities, the latest IP promotion blueprint policy calls for a reexamination of the relationship between AI and intellectual property. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated that relevant ministries will work closely with IP lawyers and experts to tackle copyright infringement by generative AI tools.