Google said Thursday it will defend users of creative artificial intelligence systems in its Google Cloud and Workspace platforms if they are accused of intellectual property violations, joining Microsoft, Adobe and other companies. who have made similar promises.
Big tech companies like Google are investing heavily in creative AI and are racing to incorporate it into their products. Prominent authors, artists and other copyright owners have argued in several lawsuits that both the use of their work to train AI systems and the content created by the systems violates their rights.
“To our knowledge, Google is the first in the industry to offer a comprehensive, two-pronged approach to compensation” that specifically covers both types of claims, a company spokesperson said.
Google said its new policy applies to software, including its Vertex AI development platform and Duet AI system, which generates text and images in Google Workspace and cloud programs. Google’s better-known generative AI chatbot program Bard was not mentioned in the press release.
The company also stated that compensation does not apply if users “intentionally create or use the generated output to infringe the rights of others.”
The new wave of lawsuits over generative AI has typically targeted the companies that own the systems, including Google, rather than individual users.
The AI defendants have argued that using training data scraped from the Internet to train their systems qualifies as fair use under US copyright law.