“Artificial intelligence will revolutionise industries and societies, but embarking on its transformative path requires a watchful eye on the evolving legal landscape.”
– despite and precisely because of the rapid development of AI technologies, legal questions are increasingly arising from a wide range of topics.
“Artificial intelligence” is initially an abstract generic term for a wide variety of technologies, which also include expert systems and machine learning. The latter in particular has become the focus of discussion at the latest with the increasing spread of ChatGPT, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion and CoPilot, and the term “artificial intelligence” is often used synonymously for it.
Legal questions arise both for developers and users, as well as for all those who provide or want to provide AI for use and decision-makers who have to evaluate whether the use of AI should be permitted in the company.
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It is not only the existing legal situation that needs to be taken into account: Among other things, the EU is currently working on the final version of the AI Regulation (a.k.a. AI Act) as well as the AI Liability Directive, both of which could come into force as early as 2024 and in some cases provide for comprehensive catalogues of duties as well as considerable sanctions for violations.
In addition to the copyright issues surrounding machine learning and text and data mining, there are also important data protection and labour law issues. The field of “AI compliance” will rapidly gain in importance with the new EU legislation and, not least in journalism and all other content-producing industries, a transformation of the working world has begun due to the potential of AI, which requires legal support.
For our AI mandates and clients with questions about AI, the specialists in the respective areas of law from our firm work together to offer you comprehensive advice. Together with you, we are happy to face the challenges that this young field brings with it.