Microsoft announced a plan to pay for clients’ lawsuits if they are sued for copyright infringement for data used to train its AI engines.
With $11 billion already invested in its partnership with OpenAI, Microsoft is aggressively attacking one of the primary fears that many business leaders cite for caution when looking to implement AI.
This announcement comes one day after Microsoft and OpenAI were hit with their second class action lawsuit this year alleging that OpenAI illegally scraped data from millions of web pages containing personal or copyrighted information.
The company calls the plan its Copilot Copyright Commitment which extends existing copyright protection for its AI products to include language indemnifying its clients for IP infringement via these same tools.
Microsoft has gone all in pursuing a strategy backed by ChatGPT through its popular Azure platform and offering secure generative AI through a stateless connection to the OpenAI backbone.
The stakes are very high, with McKinsey & Company predicting that generative AI will add as much as $4.4 Trillion dollars to the global economy making CEOs globally sit up and take note.
But issues like IP usage and the possibility of government regulatory oversight threaten to throttle back the wider use of AI within businesses worldwide.
The class action lawsuits will be difficult and costly to prove but are an annoyance that Microsoft and other vendors can ill afford in the sprint to win the AI wars.
Microsoft is projecting confidence with its announcement today that it has the traps necessary to remove any content protected under copyright.