William Fry’s Barry Scannell talks about the implications of the EU AI Act, including how it addresses copyright and foundation models.

Following the landmark EU AI Act, companies need to get to grips with what it means for them and some of the things they need to think about.

To delve further into the new Act, we spoke to Barry Scannell, a consultant in William Fry’s technology department.

He said that one area where the AI Act is really useful is how it addresses copyright when it comes to foundation models.

“It actually puts on people who are using foundation models or developing them certain obligations under the AI Act that weren’t potentially otherwise captured,” he said.

“So, developers of foundation models will need to list, every year, what they call an adequate summary of any copyright information that was used to train the AI system.”


Words by Jenny Darmody