AI for Indie Authors: Call for Comments

Are you concerned about what AI– enhanced and artificial intelligence– might suggest for publishers and writers? Or possibly youre delighted by its capacity? Either method, if youre an independent author or self-publishing service, ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, wants to hear your insights, concepts and suggestions. This is our require talk about the topic of AI for Indie Authors.

Orna Ross, Director of ALLi

Psychology informs us that when things are changing quickly, stress and anxiety levels rise … even when its good modification. Thats whats happening now in parts of the author and creative community with regard to AI. It advises me of the early days of e-books or self-publishing.

Does thinking of AI make you seem like youre banging your head off an exploding wall? Its all moving so quickly, it can be tough to keep up, and even harder to comprehend what any of it might suggest for you as an author and publisher.

Whether youre a specific whose afraid the makers are concerning take your livelihood or a federal government body concerned about what it suggests for labor or copyright laws, you have little or no control here. While academics and governments are talking, the innovative and tech markets are moving. Those who are excited by AI and what they can create with it, and around it, are working on a myriad of tasks.

As independent authors– writers who self-publish books and selectively license our intellectual property– we require to be notified,

ALLi Enterprise and AI Advisor Joanna Penn, the expert on AI for indie authors

ALLi is looking for to establish a notified assessment of the potential effect of AI on how independent authors compose, publish, and trade now and into the future, through an open and examined discussion with members, consultants and other interested parties. From this assessment, we will develop useful and ethical guidelines for our author and partner members.

If you require information, follow our Enterprise and AI Advisor, Joanna Penn, who is keeping authors up to speed in the AI section of her website and podcast and whose book Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Virtual Worlds is a fantastic intro to the subject.

not opinionated. Similar to with e-books we require to figure out ways to work within new tech, rather than attempting to legislate around it, or set ourselves in opposition to it.

AI and Indie Authors: Call for Comments

Please consist of as much evidence as possible to support your comments and reactions.

Below we supply some headings, subjects and questions for factor to consider but please do not hesitate to react with any appropriate concepts, details, insights, remarks, feedback, or passing thoughts. Absolutely nothing is too little or big.

Ideally, leave your action as a comment listed below, which will allow us to have dialog and discuss right here on this page.

If you d prefer to make a personal submission, you can likewise send your comments to Sarah at [ e-mail protected] utilizing the subject-line “AI and Indie Authors”, saying that you d choose to be anonymous.

This call for remarks is the very first step in that procedure of assessment, causing advice and guidelines. We require your feedback.

AI and Indie Authors: Introduction

From a publishing perspective, to be efficient, a modern copyright policy need to be framed around how author-publishers work, trade and negotiate in the 21st century, and how todays readers in fact find, buy and check out books. The most pressing concerns around copyright of audio, text and video created by AI systems are ownership and responsibility.

There are already books for sale on Amazon that have been generated by AI. These include those that are identified as such, for instance, ALLi partner member lists all their books as AI helped but numerous more have an author name on, without declaring how they were in fact produced.

AI systems can autonomously produce imaginative works which would, were they produced by humans, be qualified for copyright security. Who makes money for AI created work?

Translations are another issue as a translation of a book need to likewise reward the initial developer. AI translation tools, such as, can produce a decent equated variation of a full-length book within seconds. That can easily be human modified and released. and considered that digital publishing is now international, the owner of the original work may never even learn about it, let alone gain from it.

There is a high possibility that some AI systems will use copyrighted work without consent if it is tough to gain access to legally, as evidenced by the prevalence of pirated media in markets where it is not readily available to take in lawfully or easily by other methods. Since NLG systems like GPT-3 are developing original work, it will be difficult to understand what has actually been infringed. The easy accessibility of a licensing model for in copyright works might encourage legal usage.

This has implications for all authors, as making use of AI systems in the production of innovative works grows ever more common in what is being called “the 3A period” of advanced innovation and the “Self-publishing 4.0” period of independent author-publishing. More and more authors, publishers and other developers now use, and wish to broaden their use, of AI tools to generate text, as working drafts and finished works.

Today, artificial and enhanced intelligence and artificial intelligence systems (what we describe in this post as “AI” or “AI systems”) are innovative and communicative, logical and analytical, independent and self-governing, efficient and accurate, and efficient in assigning complimentary option from alternatives.

There are three paths that copyright legislators can take when considering creative works generated by an AI system:

It seems to us that the current copyright routine and exceptions supply the scope for essential brand-new licensing but explanation is required to appraise AI. Its unclear how the principles of “imaginative and totally free options”, “creativity” and” personal touch”, presently in copyright legislation, apply to AI works. Is a revised/ separate meaning of creativity and “joint ownership” in relation to AI is required.

reject copyright defense for works that have been created by an AI system
quality copyright of such works to the creator of the AI system
attribute copyright of such works to the developer of the AI system and the (already copyrighted) creators of the works used to feed the system

ALLi is based in the UK and has been following with interest as the World Intellectual Property Organization held its very first Conversation on IP and AI, uniting member states and other stakeholders to discuss the effect of Al on IP policy, internationally. We made a submission to this body last Feb 2020. You can check out the federal government reaction to these submissions here.

We favour alternative 3, while acknowledging the difficulties involved.

Because of copyright concerns, natural language processing (NLP) and generation (NLG) designs like Open AIs GPT-3 are being trained only on out of copyright works, mainly books released 50+ years ago– for that reason mainly older white, male, English-speaking authors resulting in bias and absence of diversity within datasets, creating in racism, sexism, and other exclusionary language by the NLG systems.

AI and Indie Authors: Some Questions


Should material generated by AI be qualified for defense by copyright or related rights?
If so, who should take advantage of this defense, and how long should it last?
How do you feel about AI platforms utilizing your books to produce AI systems?
No financial design currently exists for publishers and authors to license copyright works to AI platforms. What sort of license might allow an author to benefit from the Natural Language Generation designs used to produce new works?
How will readers understand if a book is produced by AI or not? Does it matter?
Exists a requirement for greater clarity about who is responsible when an AI infringes copyright?
Does copyright currently offer appropriate protection for software application which executes AI? Is brand-new licensing law is needed to appraise the growing usage of AI in publishing or are current copyright legislation adequate? Is there a requirement to clarify existing exceptions, to develop brand-new ones, or to promote licensing?
Do we require an information licensing clause in contracts?
Can governments legislate for this? Do we desire them to? What sort of security do we want from copyright law?

Do you presently use any AI tools in your writing?
Can you envisage writing challenges that are fixed by AI? Composing processes that are accelerated?
How do you feel about AI in writing? Are practical or there ethical issues you d like to raise?
Do other concerns require to be thought about? What are they?


Trade publishers are increasingly including a clause in their rights licensing contracts, stating that the contract covers “… all formats existing now and to be developed”. Do we require to resist this?
Will “human-made” end up being a selling point? What can people do much better than AI? What do people use that AI cant?
How do you feel about AI in publishing? Are there ethical or practical concerns you d like to raise?
Do other issues need to be considered? What are they?


We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

It seems to us that the present copyright regime and exceptions offer the scope for essential new licensing however explanation is needed to take account of AI. Its uncertain how the concepts of “imaginative and totally free choices”, “originality” and” individual touch”, currently in copyright legislation, use to AI works. No financial model presently exists for publishers and authors to accredit copyright works to AI platforms. Does copyright already supply adequate protection for software which executes AI? Is brand-new licensing law is required to take account of the growing usage of AI in publishing or are present copyright legislation enough?

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