ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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THE EWC’s AI TOOL KIT FOR THE BOOK SECTOR

Recommendations by the European Writers’ Council (EWC) for writers and translators, publishers, booksellers, event organisers and further stakeholders of the book sector for bilateral and contractual agreements and technical requirements including opt-out. This Tool Kit can be used by political decision-makers as well as GenAI…

Welcome to the EWC AGM 2024 in Helsinki

The EWC Annual General Meeting (AGM) and side events will take place from 24-26 May 2024 in Helsinki, Finland. On Friday a Reception by the City of Helsinki will be held in the City Hall and later on the over registered 50 delegates can enjoy…

JOINT STATEMENT ON GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE EU AI ACT

AUTHORS’, PERFORMERS’ AND OTHER CREATIVE WORKERS’ ORGANISATIONS JOINT STATEMENT ON GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE EU AI ACT  With 12 other authors’, performers’ & creative workers’ organisations, we stated again the necessity of an effective implementation of the EU #AIAct. Our fundamental rights as authors…

EWC’s Ten Principles to regulate Generative AI

EWC Handout: ten tasks and future scenarios to be addressed by political decisionmakers and stakeholders to regulate generative AI. The European Writers’ Council (EWC) is the world’s largest representation of writers in the book sector and of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, academic, children’s book, poetry,…

Statement: all AI images need to be flagged: and how we failed …

All AI images need to be flagged: how we failed for an unverified image. What happened? On April 2nd, International Children’s Book Day, the EWC published a corresponding photo statement. We then received information that the graphic used could be AI-generated. We investigated this, as…

EWC at the AI Summit of the Federal Ministry of Justice Germany

AI Summit: Is copyright law up to the challenge? The increasing use of generative AI technology raises a variety of issues related to copyright. On March 5, 2024, the Federal Ministry of Justice hosted an international conference to discuss the most pressing of these issues…

Policy implications of the development of virtual worlds

EWC welcomes the adopted report Policy implications of the development of virtual worlds – civil, company, commercial and intellectual property law issues (2023/2062(INI)) In the shadow of the AI Act, equally relevant reports and political decisions are being negotiated in the final months of the…

For an innovation and creator friendly AI Act

Europe’s creative community urges EU policymakers to put transparency back at the heart of the EU AI Act. As the AI Act is entering into the final round of negotiations, we urge all policy makers to prioritise maximum transparency on training data and artificially generated…

WIPO SCCR 44: EWC Statement on a WIPO Info Session on generative AI

EWC Statement at WIPO’s SCCR, 44th Session, November 2023 As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held the 44th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in November 2023 EWC’s Secretary General Nicole Pfister Fetz submitted on behalf of the European…

Urgent – Al Act: Letter of concern on the stopped negotiations

Al Act Proposal Trilogue: Letter of concern on the stopped negotiations over Foundation Models It was with great dismay that we learned of the termination of the negotiations during the Technical Meeting on the 10th of November, after the request of certain Member States to…

DICTIONARY ON ADVANCED INFORMATICS (AI)

Already, numerous criminal and damaging “AI business models” have developed in the book sector – with fake authors, fake books and also fake readers. It has been proved that the fundaments for large language models such as GPT, Meta, StableLM, BERT have been generated from…

Analysis: The success of Generative AI in the book sector is based on theft

Generative, analytical and assistive informatics, sub-areas of so-called artificial “intelligence”, threatens numerous jobs and fields of labour in the book sector and will replace some professions by machines in the medium run; be it in the areas of writing, editing, proof reading, production, cover design,…

EWC launches the initiative AGAINST WRITOIDS

THE EUROPEAN WRITERS’ COUNCIL LAUNCHES ITS INITIATIVE TO FIGHT MISUSE OF so-called  Artificial Intelligence   IN THE WRITTEN CULTURE: www.AgainstWritoids.org EWC presents the concept of “writoid¹” to avoid the false impression of Artificial Generative “Intelligence” as a mysterious and sage oracle, but as simple and high…

European Writers’ Council (EWC) second Statement on the AI Act Proposal

Statement of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) on the trilogue negotiations of the AI Act Proposal and on the urgently needed reform of the text and data mining exception Art. 4 of the CDSM Directive 2019/790 (EU) Artistic creation needs protection under the ART principle…

EWC joins IFRRO statement on the AI Act proposal

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) and its members of authors’, artists and publishers’ federations acknowledge the EU’s proposed AI Act. However, to effectively address the risks faced by authors and publishers, it is important to clarify the terminology in relation to “obligations of the…

The EWC Burning Issues Forum on AI in the book sector – 3 June 2023

The EWC Burning Issues Forum AI: Legal, economic and ethical challenges in the book sector The forum will address issues of the present: technical and economical developments within the book sector, legal and ethical handling of AI for writers, translators, CMOs, and the whole book…

2 June 2023, Berlin: Welcome Reception of the European Writers’ Council (EWC)

To Bot or Not to Bot: Brave New World of Literature   Welcome Reception of the European Writers‘ Council (EWC) – Fédération des Associations Européennes d’Ecrivains Together with the Bundesverband deutscher Schriftsteller*innen (VS in ver.di), VG Wort, Staatsbibliothek Unter den Linden, and Kulturwerk e.V. Friday,…

Convocation of the EWC-FAEE AISBL Annual General Meeting 2023

The Annual General Meeting of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) with the Election of the Board 2023-2025 will take place on: Sunday, 4 June 2023, 09:30-14:00 CEST, Hotel Albrechtshof, Albrechtstraße 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany. Hall: Klepper (more…)

Study on AI published

Copyright and new technologies: Study published In October 2020, DG CNECT commissioned a consortium of Technopolis Group, Philippe Rixhon Associates, UCLouvain, Crowell&Moring and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems with the execution of a 9-month Study on copyright and new technologies: copyright data management and…

EWC to AIDA Committee

To the Members of the AIDA Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age Brussels, 08 February 2022 Own-Initiative report – 2020/2266(INI) »Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age« (PE680.928 – FdR 1224166; rapporteur: Axel VOSS) European Writers’ Council (EWC) initiative submission on the economic,…

Artificial intelligence: not that smart

Which companies are using text and data mining to develop writing and translation software? How does a weak implementation of the DSM Directive on copyright allow for the skimming of authors’ works? And where is AI already being used in the book sector? An essay…

Artificial intelligence is pretty dumb

Essay by Nina George  | 4 August 2021 Artificial intelligence is pretty dumb Artificial intelligence, the beautiful monster: fictionalised for the first time by Stanley Kubrick in 1968. HAL, the neurotic computer of the spaceship Discovery on its journey to Jupiter in “Odyssey 2001” is…

EWC to German Government on TDM and AI

Fair framework conditions for text and data mining German speaking writers and translators demand opt-out and obligation to remuneration for text and data mining. It is unacceptable that authors, whose work makes it possible to develop “competitive” AI products in the first place, are placed…

Do Books Still Have a Future?

Diversity of Literature Requires Political Commitment across Policy Areas – in Every Country By Nina George, President of the European Writers’ Council. The consequences of the Covid-19 crisis and its countermeasures are assessed as having a serious impact on the entire book sector in Germany…