Google has announced that it is prepared to defend users of its generative AI products in court in the event of copyright lawsuits. The aim of this move by the company is to reduce users’ concerns about possible legal consequences from using this technology.
7 products were identified as protected: Duet AI in Workspace (including text created in Google Docs and Gmail, as well as images in Google Slides and Google Meet), Duet AI in Google Cloud, Vertex AI Search, Vertex AI Conversation, Vertex AI Text Embedding API, Visual Captions on Vertex AI and Codey APIs. However, the Bard Search tool was not included in this list.
“If you are faced with a copyright claim, we will bear the potential legal risks associated with it.” the company said in a statement.
Google emphasized that this practice is not new. However, the company acknowledged that its users wanted clear clarification that the protections extended to the possible inclusion of proprietary data in training data for Google’s AI models.
Google also provides protection to users in the event of claims related to the results obtained through the use of the underlying AI models. For example, if the user generates a suggestion similar to one previously published. However, the company emphasized that such protection only applies if the user does not intentionally attempt to create or use the generated content to violate the rights of others.
Not only Google, but also other major technology companies such as Microsoft and Adobe have made similar statements about the legal protection of their users. Microsoft promises protection for business users of its Copilot products, while Adobe says it will protect customers who use Firefly from copyright lawsuits.
Copyright issues remain a hot topic in the field of generative AI, and numerous lawsuits have been filed against various companies for copyright infringement. In addition, Google is already facing a class action lawsuit over its use of users’ personal information and proprietary data to train its AI models.