Japan eyes rights protection for AI artwork

TOKYO — Japan looks to extend intellectual property protection to creative works produced by artificial intelligence, aiming to match other countries in coping with changing notions of authorship and use in the digital age.      The nation’s copyright law protects creative works including music, literature and visual art from unauthorized use. But the law covers only productions “in which thoughts or sentiments are expressed in a creative way” — a designation that does not apply to works produced via artificial intelligence with little human input or creative intent.      Legislative changes are seen as necessary to address advancements in AI. Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will make recommendations as part of a broader policy plan to be released in May. A subcommittee report due out Monday will give some details on…


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