Google promises to take the legal heat in users’ AI copyright lawsuits

Copyright issues have plagued generative AI platforms, and lawsuits have now been filed against different companies for alleged copyright infringements. In a blog Google has stated that customers using products embedded with generative AI features will be protected, attempting to allay concerns that generative AI may infringe copyright rules. 

Google said it will follow a two-pronged, industry-first approach for intellectual property indemnification, which will cover its training data and results created from its foundation models.

“If you are challenged on copyright grounds, we will assume responsibility for the potential legal risks involved,” 

The products covered include:

  • Duet AI in Workspace (including text generated in Google Docs and Gmail and images in Google Slides and Google Meet), 
  • Duet AI in Google Cloud, 
  • Vertex AI Search, 
  • Vertex AI Conversation, 
  • Vertex AI Text Embedding API, 
  • Visual Captioning on Vertex AI, and
  • Codey APIs. 

Interestingly Google didn’t mention its Bard search tool.

Google will also protect users if they are sued for the results they get after using its foundation models. For example, if they generate a sentence similar to a published work; noting this protection

“only applies if you didn’t try to intentionally create or use generated output to infringe the rights of others.”

Other companies have made similar guarantees.

Source: The Verge



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