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Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts

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There is some alarm among creatives and others that the use of harvested information to train publicly available models falls foul of copyright law as a kind of unauthorized use.

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Microsoft vowed on Thursday it would step in and defend paying customers if they face any copyright lawsuits for using Copilot.

Magnanimous, one might say, though another way of looking at it is this: Microsoft is offering experimental products – AI tools that generate text, code, and more - that customers are so worried will get them sued, the software giant is offering to shoulder that risk so buyers feel more confident about signing up and deploying the tech.

"To address customer concern, Microsoft is announcing our new Copilot Copyright Commitment," the mega-corp's president Brad Smith and chief lawyer Hossein Nowbar announced.

"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."

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