Welcome to the Wild West: Keeping up with AI

            Everyday the news is filled with articles about AI. The courts are filled with litigation testing the limits of Open AI to harvest and generate material without the writer’s permission, and the Copyright Office is establishing guidelines to determine the limits of protection for works that incorporate AI. It’s…

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WRITERS LAW SCHOOL 2024 SCHEDULE

Join me for the latest installment of The Writers Law School – “Writers & AI – The Robots are Coming!” With the speed of light, artificial intelligence seems to be taking over the world. In particular, the art and literary worlds are facing the most dramatic transformation since the Guttenberg press with innovative programs like…

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Authors Guild Model Clause to prevent use of work for AI

Here’s the language suggested by the Authors Guild to be included on the title page of your work as a Notice to the AI companies that they are prohibiting from harvesting your work or generating material therefrom. No Generative AI Training Use. For avoidance of doubt, Author reserves the rights, and [Publisher/Platform] has no rights…

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Five Easy Steps to Protect Writers Against AI

Since it’s been in the news on a daily basis, let’s talk about Artificial Intelligence. We all know that AI can mine your work to train it’s algorithms and then use your work to generate similar content. It can be either our friend or foe when it comes to protecting the copyrights in our work.…

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Copyright 101- Catching the Bug

What the heck is © and what does it mean?We see the symbol everywhere, on paintings, photographs, movie credit trailers, magazines, CDs, and even on the Rights pages of books. Well, that little copyright bug represents a powerful tool in the writer’s arsenal. This symbol protects you, you heirs and your work from theft and…

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Oh, Pooh! What do we do now?

On January 1st of each year, a new crop of artistic works, such as movies, books, poems and music, enter the Public Domain. This means that anyone can use the material contained within the public domain work without having to obtain permission of the copyright owner or pay a royalty, because the copyright has expired.…

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A Call to Arms Against Banned Books

As a lawyer, who is also a writer and creator of The Writer’s Law School, I sometimes believe my superpower lies in spotlighting legal issues that simmer beneath the surface. For instance, underneath the proliferation of book banning sweeping throughout the country is the threat to one of the most esteemed amendments of the U.S.…

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The New Small Claims Procedure: Get on the Case

We all think of December’s $1.4 Trillion COVID relief bill as extending unemployment benefits, the Paycheck Protection Program and assorted other political pet projects designed to boost the economy during the pandemic. But, did you know that buried within the 5900 pages of the bill, there’s special relief for writers and artists? Unfortunately, it’s not…

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