Microsoft clears the air on any copyright concerns which might arise from using their AI Copilots.

This extract from Brad Smith, vice chair and president at Microsoft (and a guy who has had one of the most amazing legal careers ever). Great to see a very straight-forward commitment to keep customers safe from legal risks – no caveats. If too many companies do this, it might do lawyers like me out of a job 😃

To address the customer concern about copyright … “Microsoft is announcing our new Copilot Copyright Commitment. As customers ask whether they can use Microsoft’s Copilot services and the output they generate without worrying about copyright claims, we are providing a straightforward answer: yes, you can, and if you are challenged on copyright grounds, we will assume responsibility for the potential legal risks involved.

This new commitment extends our existing intellectual property indemnity support to commercial Copilot services and builds on our previous AI Customer Commitments. Specifically, if a third party sues a commercial customer for copyright infringement for using Microsoft’s Copilots or the output they generate, we will defend the customer and pay the amount of any adverse judgments or settlements that result from the lawsuit, as long as the customer used the guardrails and content filters we have built into our products.”