International Institute of Space Law

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Intellectual Property of Satellite Images Analyzed by A.I.

Authors Mihoko Shintani
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Mihoko Shintani
TMI Associates.
  • Abstract

      1. The main question of my research is “who will possess the intellectual property rights of remote sensing images, obtained from observation satellites, analyzed through big data analysis conducted by A.I.”
        In consideration of this theme, I am aiming to organize the following controversial points which may arise from the sale of satellite data:

        1. Intellectual property rights attributed to raw data;

        2. Copyright of the results of A.I. data analysis; and

        3. Rights (copyright and patent rights) of the firms that create the algorithms.

      2. To further examine this issue, I begin by discussing two topics from intellectual property law and international space law perspective:

        1. Points of contention regarding the attribution of copyright for satellite data extracted from observation satellites; and

        2. The idea of “the denial of preferential access right for the remote sensing data of surveyee’s countries” which was provided in the 1986 Remote Sensing Principles.

      3. In addition to the above, I aim to highlight areas that may be problematic in this new era for the space industry, as well as notable points for business players, by superimposing data analytic methodology with a discussion of the rights of A.I. deliverables. The aim of this paper is to integrate a space law issue (rights of remote sensing images) with an intellectual property law issue (with an emphasis on traditional issues as well as A.I. rights).

      4. To conclude, I will highlight certain opinions from a legislative perspective and emphasize the importance of critical importance of strategic contractual coverage of these issues.

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