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  • Mal McCallion

Does anyone else care about T&Cs?

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

I'm very mindful that I'm ploughing a very niche furrow here - but I'm quite obsessed at the moment about major companies changing their Terms & Conditions (T&Cs).

Here's Microsoft, one the AI Titans with a massive stake in OpenAI whilst also dabbling with Meta, telling me that they're just having the usual T&C tweak, nothing really to worry about, just carry on ...

So I thought I'd actually take them up on the offer of seeing what the changes to their T&Cs really are. In amongst the usual sleep-inducing "we’ve made changes to improve clarity and to address grammar, typos and other similar issues," there are three specific changes to AI policies.

  1. Your Content; This now includes stuff that you've created using AI and hosted on Microsoft (MS) services. It can be used by them for promotional purposes unless you specify it can't;

  2. AI Services; a whole new section which includes the banning of using MS data to train your AI model;

  3. Third Party Claims; if you get sued for using copyrighted material within any of your AI produced artwork, text or videos, that's on you.

These will be the same across other major businesses (apart from Zoom, who have run away from all this for a bit, after an outcry) - the most important one to keep an eye on, particularly if you're a reasonable-sized business, is the one about Third Party Claims. You don't want to be the one that's used as an example pour encourager les autres ...

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