back to article Google offers some copyright indemnity to users of its generative AI services

Google has joined the ranks of AI services providers willing to offer its customers limited indemnity against copyright infringement claims. Many generative AI services rely on neural networks trained from content slurped from all sorts of sources without consent or payment. Content creators have launched lawsuits to seek …

  1. IceC0ld

    tries hard to figure out how to get AI to be as profane as possible, on the most awful of subjects, just to test the indemnity bit, and maybe try and see just how far I need to go to maybe actually bankrupt Google :o)

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Whether or not AI systems violate copyright laws"

    Statistical analysis machines cannot violate anything they haven't been programmed to violate.

    They're machines, not AI.

    You want to assign guilt ? Find the manager who defined the data to be fed to the machine.

    Theoretically, that's still a human.

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

      Re: "Whether or not AI systems violate copyright laws"

      That sounds like a sensible legal strategy, actually.

    2. joed

      Re: "Whether or not AI systems violate copyright laws"

      Well, Google and MS can offer protection from copyright claims but hopefully they'll become targets of racketeering charges. Their offer is not much different from mob offering protection to their clients, aside from the fact that clients are not coerced into the relationship. It's outsiders who pay the price of potentially villainous clients being sheltered from legal consequences by large corporations with competent legal teams that nobody can afford to challenge (often not even governments). We'll see how far this protection extended.

  3. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

    What if Google Reneges on that "Promise"?

    If you use their AI/ML stuff and are sued for a gazillion dollars for having done so, the Google beancounters might decide it's not cost-effective for them to defend you. So, you then have to front the money to defend against the original suit, and front the money to sue Google for breach of contract (you did get a signed contract from Google about that lawsuit-defense promise, right?).

    Good luck suing Google, Mister Small Fry.

  4. IGotOut Silver badge

    Pass it to us ...

    ....we'll tie the claimants up in court so long, it'll bankrupt them.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

      Re: Pass it to us ...

      Good to see I'm not the only one getting that vibe.

  5. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

    They said: "If you are challenged on copyright grounds, we will assume responsibility for the potential legal risks involved."

    I heard: "We've got so many lawyers we'll either bankrupt the other party or drag out the litigation long enough that they give up or die."

    Cynical, moi? You betcha.

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