April 19, 2024
Google’s Pledge to Safeguard Users in AI Copyright Disputes

Google’s Pledge to Safeguard Users in AI Copyright Disputes

Google has made a clear commitment to provide protection to users of generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems integrated into its Google Cloud and Workspace platforms when they encounter allegations of intellectual property infringement. This move aligns Google with other industry leaders like Microsoft and Adobe, who have also extended similar assurances to their users.

In a recent blog post, Google explicitly stated that customers utilizing products with generative AI capabilities will receive legal protection. This announcement addresses growing concerns surrounding potential copyright issues associated with generative AI.

Google has specifically identified seven products covered by this legal protection. These include Duet AI in Workspace, which encompasses text generation in Google Docs and Gmail, as well as image generation in Google Slides and Google Meet. Additionally, it covers Duet AI in Google Cloud, Vertex AI Search, Vertex AI Conversation, Vertex AI Text Embedding API, Visual Captioning on Vertex AI, and Codey APIs. Notably, Google’s Bard search tool is not included in this list.

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

Google has introduced a unique approach to intellectual property indemnification, referred to as a groundbreaking two-pronged strategy. Under this initiative, Google extends its protection to cover both the training data and the outcomes produced by its foundational models.

This means that if someone faces legal action due to the use of Google’s training data, which incorporates copyrighted material, Google will take responsibility for addressing the legal challenges.

While Google clarified that indemnification related to training data is not a new form of protection, the company acknowledged that its customers sought explicit confirmation that this safeguard extends to scenarios involving training data with copyrighted material. Google will also protect users if they encounter legal action related to the content generated using its foundational models, even if it resembles previously published works. The company emphasized that this protection is contingent on users not deliberately using content to infringe upon the rights of others.

Similar commitments have been made by other companies in the industry. Microsoft has pledged to assume legal responsibility for enterprise users of its Copilot products, while Adobe has affirmed its dedication to safeguarding enterprise customers from claims related to copyright, privacy, and publicity rights when using Firefly.
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