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More than 8,000 authors of books, poems and articles will bill IT giants for submitting their works to AI

More than 8,000 writers and literati, including Margaret Atwood (Margaret Atwood) and James Patterson (James Patterson), signed an open letter demanding compensation from companies that use their works to train AI models without the knowledge of the authors.

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Millions of copyrighted books, articles, essays, and poems serve as “food” for AI systems and endless “meals” that have never been billed.“, reads the letter published by the Writers Guild of America.

Letter to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Meta CEO* Mark Zuckerberg, Emad Mostaque, CEO of Stability AI, Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

By embedding our works in their systems, generative AI threatens to harm our profession by flooding the market with mediocre, machine-written books, stories and publications based on our works.“, the letter says.

According to the letter, author earnings have fallen 40% over the past decade, and the median salary for full-time writers was just $23,330 in 2022, according to a survey of more than 5,700 writers by the Writers Guild.

The organization claims that AI technology will make it even harder for writers to make money. The more than 8,000 signatories to the letter, including The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, want AI companies to mitigate the harm being done to their profession by compensating them for past and future uses of their works.

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AI systems are trained on large amounts of data, most of which is text extracted from the internet, and there is a big question about how legitimately companies are using datasets. OpenAI, Google, Meta*Stability AI, IBM and Microsoft are silent for the time being.

OpenAI previously reported that ChatGPT is being trained to “licensed, publicly available content and data generated by AI trainers and users“, and the company itself respects the rights of creators and authors. The authors’ lawsuit comes amid two lawsuits against OpenAI alleging copyright infringement, including by Sarah Silverman for unauthorized use of her memoir The Bedwetter.

The authors aren’t the only ones expressing their collective dissatisfaction with companies developing AI systems. Artists are so worried about being replaced by generative AI that they have started using tools to prevent AI systems from using their work in teaching.

At the heart of the conflict is how AI technologies are affecting the creative professions and how they can transform the copyright landscape. This is a reminder of the need to review and adapt existing laws and regulations to keep up with the rapidly evolving technological world.

As tech giants continue to develop and apply AI, it’s important that they respect the rights and creative contributions of creators. Ultimately, the question is how society values ​​and protects creativity in the age of AI. Perhaps the current conflict will be the impetus for the creation of new standards and practices that will ensure authors are fairly compensated while allowing for the further development of AI.

* She is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations where the court made a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activities”.

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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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