AI (ChatGPT, etc.)
At MONOLITH LAW OFFICE, we have brought together a team of highly skilled lawyers and engineers who specialize in AI. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to businesses engaged in AI development, including ChatGPT. Our services encompass a wide range of areas, such as contract drafting, evaluation of business models’ legality, protection of intellectual property rights, and management of privacy concerns.
Leading Legal Support for the Dynamic AI Industry
Providing top-tier legal support for AI technology, MONOLITH LAW OFFICE has a team of lawyers with backgrounds as former and current IT engineers. We understand the challenges and opportunities in the dynamic AI industry and offer customized legal solutions to help businesses succeed in this evolving field.
Characteristics of AI legal services
IP and PII
Lawyers involved in AI legal affairs must have comprehensive knowledge of intellectual property laws and regulations, particularly in relation to copyright protection for AI-generated content. Additionally, they must be well-versed in personal information-related laws and regulations, including compliance with national and international privacy laws such as the GDPR and Japan’s Personal Information Protection Law.
AI tool regulations
Drafts can be generated with minimal consultation
Lawyers involved in services and products utilizing AI technology must possess a comprehensive understanding of the specific behavior exhibited by the AI system. This includes an in-depth knowledge of the specific processes performed by the AI, the outputs it generates, and the training data it relies on. Failing to grasp these details accurately can lead to erroneous conclusions when assessing the legality of the service or product.
At our firm, we are well-equipped to handle such complex legal matters. With a team of 16 IT consultants, including our principal attorney who has a background as an IT engineer, we possess the necessary expertise to swiftly and efficiently conduct legal reviews. By minimizing the need for extensive hearings and procedures, we can expedite the process, shorten the work period, and provide our clients with a seamless and effective response.
|Section||Content of Regulation|
|Use for consulting regarding areas of expertise||Qualified individuals (in legal, medical, financial, etc. fields) may not provide individualized advice solely based on ChatGPT responses without verifying the information source. The use of ChatGPT for “medical consultation” concerning serious medical conditions is prohibited.|
|Information summary websites on specialized areas||When using AI to create articles providing information on specialized areas like medicine, finance, and law, which may be subject to business law regulations, such as summary websites that aggregate news reports, it is necessary to clearly disclose the use of AI and the limitations of information accuracy. This also applies to “someone-like” conversations.|
|“Somebody-like” Conversations||Except for historical public figures, when employing chatbots for “someone-like” conversations, it must be explicitly stated that it is a parody or a conversation simulating a particular individual.|
|Usage of input and generated content by OpenAI||As of March 1, 2023, it is specified that the content will not be used to enhance the quality of service in API collaborations. Additionally, starting from April 25 of the same year, the rejection of non-API linked use is possible depending on account settings. However, considering the provision that information is retained for 30 days, it can be presumed that some content information remains, albeit not technically.|
|Use in Public Administration||Generating chatbots for election campaigns and creating personalized election materials are prohibited.|
|Use in election campaigns||Although some initiatives to employ AI in public administration have emerged, its use in high-level political decisions such as criminal trials and asylum is prohibited.|
|Regulations on service names||Names like “****** GPT,” “GPT-4 powered ******” or “ChatGPT powered ******” are disallowed, while names like “Powered by GPT-4” or “Built with GPT-4” are permitted.|
Crawling and Copyright for AI
The use of various AI technologies, including image-generating AIs like “Stable Diffusion” and “Midjourney,” as well as text-generating AI like “ChatGPT,” has gained significant attention. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential legal risks associated with crawling and data collection using AI, particularly regarding copyright infringement.
In 2019, Japan’s Copyright Law was revised, allowing, in principle, the collection, processing, and use of copyrighted images for machine learning purposes. It also permits the provision (sale, transfer, etc.) of collected data for learning to third parties.
It’s worth noting that synthetic images generated by AI using techniques such as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) generally do not infringe on the copyrights of the original images. In Japan, these generated images are considered newly created through the machine learning process and are not considered reproductions or adaptations of the original images.
Understanding the legal implications of copyright under Japanese law is crucial when developing AI-related services and products. MONOLITH LAW OFFICE boasts a team of attorneys and engineers who possess expertise in AI-related legal issues and can provide appropriate advice and legal support in this field.
Copyright and Other IP Issues
AI-related services and products pose various challenges and complexities regarding copyright and other intellectual property-related matters. One prominent issue is the copyright status of AI-generated works and content. While these works can be subject to copyright protection, determining the rightful owner or creator can be difficult when the work is generated by AI. This ambiguity increases the risk of copyright infringement. Moreover, when AI-generated works incorporate multiple copyrighted works, managing the rights of multiple copyright holders can become intricate.
At MONOLITH LAW OFFICE, we have extensive experience in handling advanced IT and intellectual property-related cases. Our firm is well-equipped to navigate these emerging issues and provide effective legal support. With our expertise in the field, we can assist clients in addressing copyright and intellectual property concerns in the realm of AI.
Legal Considerations for System Development
System development involving advanced technologies such as AI models built on deep learning and reinforcement learning algorithms requires not only technical expertise but also comprehensive legal support. The complexity of such development necessitates careful attention to legal matters.
In practice, many contracts used in advanced system development lack clarity when it comes to addressing specific problem scenarios that may lead to disputes. For instance, a contract may contain abstract legal clauses like liability for non-conformity under Japanese law. However, without explicitly stating the specific circumstances relevant to the system or matter at hand, such clauses may not be effective in a court of law.
As a law firm led by an attorney with a background in IT engineering, we recognize the importance of deeply understanding the intricacies of system development. This understanding extends to the drafting of contracts, ensuring that they accurately capture the specific nuances of the system and effectively protect the interests of our clients. We provide comprehensive legal services that blend technical knowledge and legal expertise to support our clients in navigating the legal aspects of system development.
Providing Comprehensive Solutions
At our firm, we have assembled a team consisting of 17 attorneys and 58 staff members, including active IT engineers and IT consultants. Under the leadership of our representative attorney, who brings valuable experience as a former IT engineer and IT company owner, we offer a unique blend of IT and legal expertise.
By integrating our IT and legal knowledge, we provide a comprehensive one-stop service that caters to the specific needs of our clients. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to address complex issues that require a high level of expertise in both IT and law. We are committed to delivering exceptional solutions that combine technical excellence with legal proficiency.
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Hourly Rate$400per hourIn certain instances, we may consider accepting a dispute or lawsuit with an initiation fee and a contingency fee. For more details, please feel free to contact us.
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