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Microsoft AI CEO doesn’t understand copyright

  • Microsoft AI CEO doesn’t understand copyright

    Mustafa Suleyman, the CEO of Microsoft AI, says “the social contract for content that is on the open web is that it’s “freeware” for training AI models”, and it “is fair use”, and “anyone can copy it”. As Ed Newton-Rex of Fairly Trained notes:

    This is categorically false. Content released online is still protected by copyright. You can’t copy it for any purpose you like simply because it’s on the open web. Creators who have been told for years to publish online, often for free, for exposure, may object to being retroactively told they were entering a social contract that let anyone copy their work.
    It’s really shocking to see this. How on earth has Microsoft’s legal department not hit the brakes on this?

    (tags: ai law legal ip open-source freeware fair-use copying piracy)