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Home / News and Insights / Press / AI and the Reddit goldmine: how social media companies can protect their user-generated content

As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly entrenched in our lives, many social media platforms are contemplating copyright claims to protect user-generated data. Partner Dennis Lee and solicitor Ludovico Lugnani discuss the grounds for such claims, in relation to a recent claim made by Reddit, in an article for The Trademark Lawyer Magazine.

‘As a leading forum platform, Reddit is a goldmine for training AI models that require extensive sets of data on a broad range of topics. Moreover, training large language models on user-generated content allows them to develop capabilities to converse in more ‘natural’ ways and in a variety of tones which is crucial to improving user experiences.

However, Reddit is not keen on AI companies’ ungoverned use of its data. In a recent statement by its chief operating officer, Jen Wong, Reddit clarified it would consider taking legal action against any technology company looking to extract data from its website without permission for commercial purposes.’

If you have any queries about the issues raised or about technology and IP law in general, do contact Dennis Lee or Ludovico Lugnani.

The full article can be read on the Trademark Lawyer website.

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