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Legal Tech News and Events: December 19, 2022

UK's new copyright exception for AI and Massachusetts' cybersecurity initiative.

December 19, 2022

Compliance: UK Government Announces New Copyright Exception for Commercial Text and Data Mining

Last year the UK Intellectual Property Office conducted a public consultation about artificial intelligence and its connection to patent and intellectual property laws. The consultation ended in January 2022.

According to the organization, the consultation is supposed to advise the UK legislators on what to do regarding the UK Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) which is a law they are planning to amend. Also, it cites that the main objective is "to incentivize investment in AI development and to promote the use of AI for public benefit, whilst enabling competitive markets, consumer choice and fair access to IP-protected goods for the benefit of society."

After the consultation process, the government presented a new copyright and database rights exception that lets text and data mining for any reason intended. This also means the relieving of complex rightsholder claims at the input stage will no longer be a requirement.

Cybersecurity: Massachusetts Establishes Cybersecurity Threat Response Team

Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a new executive order introducing the Massachusetts Cyber Incident Response Team (MA-CIRT) which will be led by the state’s secretary of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS), Curt Wood.

The EO signed, aims to strengthen the cybersecurity defense of the state of Massachusetts to “prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, and recover from”.

The order includes:

  • MA-CIRT is authorized to review cybersecurity threat information and vulnerabilities for executive department agencies and all other state agencies served by EOTSS.

  • The development of a Cyber Incident Response Plan is to be created and maintained by MA-CIRT.

  • A better process of exchange of information between the Commonwealth Fusion Center and the Commonwealth Security Operations Center when it comes to threats and incidents for cybersecurity.

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