Although some engineers say that the law is behind the times, the fact is that this issue has been discussed since around 2015, reached a conclusion in 2017, and then..................
I won't repeat it as it has been mentioned above.
However, it cannot be denied that the law is a bit of a laggard in the end.
As for the delay in the law, the copyright law is not going well because of the Berne Convention, and it is causing dysfunction in many areas, but in the end, it is not moving forward...
As some of you may know, "copyright on products of artificial intelligence" was discussed at AIPPI's 2019 International Convention. The point is that no conclusion can be reached.
The IP Promotion Plan 2019 is still under consideration in the future (following the conclusion of 2017 after discussions since 2015), and there is no mention of 2022, 2021, 2022, and so on... AI creation has finally become quite common. It is about time to elaborate or do something about the "no copyright on AI creations," which was the tentative conclusion.
Of course, one route to the collapse of the Copyright Act would be to restrict the rights to AI works (rights limitation clause) and to let the output of AI works also be free of rights, i.e., to let the Copyright Act virtually collapse without any further action.
But then, at least the death of copyright law in the digital domain should have a definite funeral.
→ Another route would be to respond with digital law, artificial intelligence law, contract law, or a claims approach (rather than a pseudo-property law IP system).
The route of the collapse of copyright law (where the copyright of creative works disappears without warning).
The "digital law (information law) independent route, in which AI and digital systems are covered by a separate legal system while the analog system is protected by the copyright law as it is now.
Revival route of copyright law, in which copyright law is substantially revived.
The copyright law revival route, in which copyright law is to be substantially revamped.
In this sense, I have a miscellaneous feeling that copyright is at a major crossroads.
(I think it is not so easy to reach a conclusion.)
Incidentally, the IP Promotion Plan 2022 also states from the beginning
Japan's IP ecosystem does not contribute sufficiently to innovation
It goes without saying that the IP ecosystem must contribute to innovation, but doubts have arisen on various fronts as to whether the current Japanese IP ecosystem is really contributing sufficiently to the creation of innovation.
and the government-approved "IP ecosystem is in doubt".
And that includes patents.
Now, what to do?