OpenAI Introduces Copyright Shield to Protect Users in GPT Copyright Battles
OpenAI, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, has unveiled a new initiative called Copyright Shield to safeguard its users from copyright issues. Under this scheme, OpenAI will cover any expenses related to GPT copyright cases, demonstrating their commitment to protecting their customers.
However, there is a catch. Copyright Shield only applies to customers who are utilizing generally available products, leaving many regular consumers uncertain about their protection. OpenAI declared, we will now step in and defend our customers, and pay the costs incurred if you face legal claims around copyright infringement.
Customers running popular OpenAI products such as ChatGPT Enterprise and the developer platform can benefit from Copyright Shield’s protection. This move by OpenAI comes after increasing pressure in the industry, as Microsoft had already announced a similar commitment to cover legal battles for their customers in September, two months before OpenAI’s announcement.
Copyright issues have gained significant importance in the realm of generative AI, especially as models like OpenAI’s latest GPT-4 employ publicly available information for training purposes. Consequently, AI-generated responses can sometimes include content that belongs to someone else.
OpenAI’s focus on copyright protection becomes even more relevant as they also revealed plans to make their sources more current. At the same event, OpenAI announced that their GPT-4 Turbo model now possesses knowledge of real-world events up to April 2023.
It’s worth noting that, for a few more weeks, GPT-4 Turbo will still be in the preview stage, which means Copyright Shield won’t apply in the event of an infringement allegation. This decision is logical since offering copyright protection for products still in development would be premature.
Despite this limitation, OpenAI’s commitment to responsible AI shines through with their offer to protect users of generally available products. This commitment aligns with the recent discussions at an international AI summit, where representatives from various countries and enterprises contemplated the future of AI.
As copyright concerns continue to grow in the AI landscape, initiatives such as OpenAI’s Copyright Shield play a crucial role in ensuring responsible and ethical use of AI technology. By proactively addressing copyright infringement issues, OpenAI sets a benchmark and sets an example for other AI companies to prioritize user protection and responsible AI practices in their offerings.