Microsoft Vows to Address AI-Induced Intellectual Property Disputes
To allay users’ concerns about employing artificial intelligence technologies, Microsoft has pledged to intervene and address any intellectual property disputes arising from the utilization of its AI technologies.
Microsoft President Brad Smith and Chief Legal Officer Hossein Nowbar recently declared that should users encounter intellectual property conflicts as a result of using AI services, including Copilot, Microsoft would step forward to handle the legal intricacies.
In their statement, Microsoft conveyed their unwavering commitment over the past two decades to assisting commercial clients using their services with copyright disputes. This steadfast assurance remains unaltered amidst the current AI evolutionary trajectory, underscoring that any issues arising from paid utilization of Microsoft’s services should inherently be addressed by Microsoft itself.
The scope of this pledge encompasses the paid version of the Copilot AI service, Bing Chat for businesses, and integrated AI services such as Microsoft 365 Copilot and GitHub Copilot, among others. Should any intellectual property disputes emerge from the usage of these services, Microsoft promises to represent the user in court, bearing the cost of any unfavorable compensations or settlements.
Notably, Adobe also pledged in June of this year to provide protection against intellectual property infringements for its Firefly AI service.