Google has made a significant announcement, pledging to protect users of generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems within its Google Cloud and Workspace platforms in the face of intellectual property (IP) infringement accusations. This move aligns Google with other tech giants like Microsoft and Adobe, who have also committed to safeguarding generative AI system users.
Technology leaders such as Google have been heavily investing in generative AI, integrating it into various products. However, the use of generative AI has sparked legal disputes, with creators, authors, and copyright owners claiming that both the use of their work to train AI systems and the content generated by these systems infringe upon their intellectual property rights.
Google’s commitment to its users is unique in the industry, offering a comprehensive, two-pronged approach to indemnity, specifically addressing both aspects of IP claims. This means that Google will stand by its users if they face allegations of IP violations in relation to generative AI systems.
This policy extends to various software, including Google’s Vertex AI development platform and the Duet AI system, which creates text and images within Google Workspace and Cloud applications. However, Google’s well-known generative AI chatbot program Bard is not mentioned in the press release.
It’s important to note that this indemnity protection does not apply if users intentionally create or utilize generated content to infringe upon the rights of others.
The recent wave of lawsuits related to generative AI has primarily targeted the companies behind the AI systems, including Google, rather than individual end users. These lawsuits have prompted discussions about whether using training data scraped from the internet for AI systems qualifies as fair use under U.S. copyright law.
Google’s commitment to defending users in the generative AI landscape underscores the company’s dedication to protecting user interests and providing legal support in the event of IP claims. This proactive stance is likely to reassure businesses and individuals utilizing generative AI within the Google Cloud and Workspace platforms.