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Practical Tips for Authors to Protect Their Works from AI Use

The following article was written and originally published by the Authors Guild on September 8, 2023, with additional text from “You Just Found Out Your Book Was Used to Train AI. Now What?” published September 27, 2023. It is reprinted here with permission from the Authors Guild. 

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You Just Found Out Your Book Was Used to Train AI. Now What?

If you’re an author, you may have recently discovered in The Atlantic that your published book was included in a dataset of books used to train artificial intelligence systems without your permission. We thank journalist and tech consultant Alex Reisner for breaking the story, which is incredibly important and has informed thousands of concerned authors around the world.

This can be an unsettling revelation, raising concerns about copyright, compensation, and the future implications of AI. Here’s what you need to know if your work has been used to “train” AI without permission:


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