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Copilot’s Copyright Promise by Microsoft

AI | Oct 2, 2023

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Microsoft has recently made waves in the tech industry with its announcement of the Copilot Copyright Commitment. Microsoft's Copilot Commitment Shields AI Users from Copyright Concerns.

  • Problem: While Microsoft's AI-powered Copilots have been transformative, enhancing efficiency and unlocking new levels of creativity they've raised questions about the risk of IP infringement claims when using the output produced by generative AI.
  • Solution: To address these concerns, Microsoft has introduced its new Copilot Copyright Commitment.
    • This commitment ensures that customers can use Microsoft’s Copilot services and their generated output without fearing copyright claims.
    • If a customer faces a copyright challenge, Microsoft will assume responsibility for the potential legal risks involved.
    • This commitment extends Microsoft's existing intellectual property indemnity support to commercial Copilot services.
    • If a third party sues a commercial customer for copyright infringement for using Microsoft’s Copilots or the output they generate, Microsoft will defend the customer and cover any adverse judgments or settlements, provided the customer used the guardrails and content filters integrated into Microsoft’s products.

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  • This move by Microsoft comes after a recent federal court ruling that stated artwork created by AI cannot be copyrighted. The ruling was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell following a case where Stephen Thaler sued the U.S. Copyright Office for refusing to grant copyright protection to one of his AI-generated images.

Impact of Microsoft's Commitment

  • This move is likely to bolster confidence among users of Microsoft's AI services, knowing that they have a safety net in case of legal challenges.
  • Microsoft's commitment is a significant step in addressing the legal ambiguities surrounding AI-generated content and underscores the importance of striking a balance between advancing AI technology and respecting authors' copyrights. By assuming responsibility for potential legal risks, Microsoft is not only standing behind its products but also supporting its customers.

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