This week, the news has centred on lawsuits. Specifically it has centred on the lawsuits brought by creators in respect of copyright.
This has been a year when companies have defined the terms on which we are permitted to use AI, and what we must declare when doing so; other companies decided how they would or wouldn’t use AI; when author organizations started formulating AI clauses for contracts, and a whole industry went on strike to curb the use of AI in screenwriting.
This week AI news has combined with one of my very favourite topics: European Union legislation specifically for the EU AI Bill.
Today I reflect on a challenging AI week. What case law is rapidly showing is that in the long term what we need is less to bring tech firms to heel and more to have new laws.
This week, OpenAI briefly went into what has felt like meltdown as it sacked its longstanding CEO, Sam Altman. There is no official word as to the reason for the firing, with cryptic messages about candid communication. But there are several theories around the real reason for the breakdown.
Amazon is taking on a group of people and companies exploiting Amazon’s name. And artists against Stability AI lawsuit has hit the rocks. After reporting several times about Amazon’s experience on the receiving end of legal proceedings, it’s good to be able to report on an action that Amazon is bringing.
You will remember that European writers’ groups used the AI Safety Summit as a chance to ask for greater AI protection for creative artists in law. This week it is the turn of UK groups, including the Society of Authors, Publishers’ Association, and Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Agency.
Publishers have used Frankfurt Book Fair to launch a statement calling for a big push from Europe’s legislators on AI. It comes also against the backdrop of the EU’s AI Act, which was proposed earlier in the summer.
The dispute between writers and producers in the US has ended with a resolution. But what does the writers and producers AI agreement say and does it impact indie authors?
Last week, I reported on Amazon’s changes to KDP terms around AI generated content. Authors are now required to disclose the nature of their use of AI.
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