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.
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, the Authors’ Guild filed a class action against the tech giant. What makes this lawsuit particularly significant is the number of high profile authors whose names are attached. The name most of the headlines focus their attention on is Song of Ice and Fire author George R R Martin. ALLi's Self-publishing News reports on this latest lawsuit against OpenAI.
Today on the Self-Publishing News podcast: It's authors vs. OpenAI as lawsuits and petitions seek compensation for content scraped by ChatGPT. But, as News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy report, the issue is not that simple. Also, USA Today relaunches its bestseller list, which is good news for indie authors. Howard and Dan discuss these and other stories making the news this month in indie publishing.
USA Today bestseller list is back, in partnership with Bookshop.org and authors sue OpenAI for allegedly using their books to train ChatGPT.
Indie author L J Ross appears on The Bookseller cover celebrating 8 million sales, Twitter introduces reading restrictions, and indie Fiona Scott-Barrett is runner-up in inaugural ADCI Literary Prize
Consumers may demand carbon impact of print books to help make publishing sustainable. AI search threatens link referrals.
Bookseller survey of traditionally published debut authors reveals publishing shortcomings. Supreme Court refuses AI patent challenge.
Today on the Self-Publishing News podcast: A new ALLi income survey finds that self-publishing authors can earn more than writers with publishers if it's done properly. Also, what does Amazon's closing of its Book Depository mean for the future of its book business? And can ChatGPT be sued for libel? News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy discuss these and other stories making the news this month in indie publishing.
Senior tech figures sign open letter calling for a pause on AI as London Book Fair goes all in on sustainability.
Letty McHugh wins the Barbellion Prize. The Authors Guild writes model contract clause prohibiting use of work for training AI.