Thousands of authors urge AI companies to stop using work without permission

Thousands of authors are demanding AI companies like OpenAI and Meta to cease using their work without permission or payment.

The problem explained: Text-based generative AI applications such as GPT-4 and Bard are reported to scrape the Web for authors’ content, without permission or compensation, to produce new content in response to users’ prompts.
* About 8,000 authors have signed a letter to six AI companies including OpenAI, Alphabet and Meta, requesting them to stop using their works in AI without permission or compensation.
* The advent of these types of AI is posing new challenges to writers whose median income fell by 42% between 2009 and 2019.

Action taken: Numerous authors, including Sarah Silverman, Paul Tremblay, and Mona Awad, have signed on as plaintiffs in class action lawsuits against Meta and/or OpenAI, accusing the firms of training their AI programs on pirated copies of their works.
* The Author’s Guild is making appeals to these companies to seek settlements without resorting to legal battles.

Next steps: Agents are starting to discuss with publishers about including new language in writers’ contracts to prohibit unauthorized uses of AI to protect their livelihoods.
* The Author’s Guild has updated its model contract to include wording that addresses the use of AI.

The AI imbalance: Despite these actions, enforcement is a challenge as it is difficult to know if a book is included in a dataset utilized by an AI system.
* This has led to increased advocacy for legislation to govern how generative AI can be used.

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