Earlier this week, The Authors Guild added a clause to its model book contract that addresses artificial intelligence. This contract comes in response to digital publishers who have partnered with Apple and Google to create AI-narrated books. According to Publishers Marketplace, the new clause reads as follows:
No Generative AI Training Use
"The Author expressly prohibits [Publisher/Platform] from using the Work in any manner for purposes of training artificial intelligence technologies to generate text, including without limitation, technologies that are capable of generating works in the same style or genre as the Work. The Author reserves all rights to license uses of the Work for generative AI training and development of machine learning language models.
Publisher will use best efforts to include a limitation in any sublicense of the Work prohibiting the use of the Work for training and developing generative AI technologies."