The government has announced plans to shake-up copyright law to pave the way for the UK to become an artificial intelligence leader.
Under the new rules, the government will make it easier to analyse material for the purposes of machine learning, research and innovation. It will also anyone with lawful access to this material should be able to carry out this analysis without further permission from the copyright owner.
This data mining provision, which is where software is used to analyse material for patterns, trends and other useful information, will take advantage of the UK’s ability to set its own copyright laws now that we have left the EU.
The proposed changes come after a government consultation, and look to bring benefit to a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, AI developers and cultural heritage institutions.
Commenting on the changes, Science & Innovation Minister George Freeman said: “Now that the UK has the ability to set our own copyright laws for the first time in decades, we want to ensure the UK continues to have one of the best intellectual property frameworks in the world. IP is key to innovation.”
He said the changes would allow the UK to be a hub for R&D