Authors Guild Adds Clause to Model Contracts Prohibiting AI Training Uses

The Authors Guild has updated its Model Trade Book Contract and Literary Translation Model Contract to include a new clause that prohibits publishers from using or sub-licensing books under contract to train artificial intelligence technologies. The clause also requires publishers to include the limitation in any sublicensee.

According to a statement, the clause is "a response to recent concerns about publishers and platforms adding language to their terms that allows them to data mine books for use in training AI models that will inevitably compete with human-authored works."

The Model Trade Book Contract can be viewed here, and the Literary Translation Model Contract can be viewed here.

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