Executives with the Authors Guild, which claims to have more than 13,000 members, lobbied lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last week over concerns about the rise of chatbots and the threat they may pose to writers and others working in the creative industries.

In a statement highlighting the Guild’s trip to D.C., Guild CEO Mary Rasenberger said the “future of journalism, literature, and the arts depends on policies that adequately incentivize human creators to continue working.”

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According to Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer, “The Guild is lobbying for compensation and credit for authors, creators, and copyright owners whose works are used to train AI machines.

“I’m not sure how that works, but it’s not too early to start exploring the issues,” he tells me.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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