Microsoft Offers Legal Protection for AI Users in Copyright Cases

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Microsoft Offers Legal Protection for AI Users in Copyright Cases


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Microsoft says it will provide some legal safeguards to customers using its AI. 

The tech giant announced last week the launch of its Copilot Copyright Commitment, designed to protect artificial intelligence (AI) customers worried about possible intellectual property (IP) infringement.

“As customers ask whether they can use Microsoft’s Copilot services and the output they generate without worrying about copyright claims, we are providing a straightforward answer: yes, you can, and if you are challenged on copyright grounds, we will assume responsibility for the potential legal risks involved,” President Brad Smith wrote. 

Smith says this commitment goes beyond the company’s existing intellectual property indemnity support and builds on existing commitments. 

“Specifically, if a third party sues a commercial customer for copyright infringement for using Microsoft’s Copilots or the output they generate, we will defend the customer and pay the amount of any adverse judgments or settlements that result from the lawsuit, as long as the customer used the guardrails and content filters we have built into our products,” said Smith.

The announcement comes nearly a month following a ruling from a federal judge that artwork created by AI can’t be copyrighted.

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