ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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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…

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…

EWC to WIPO on AI

How original is artificial intelligence? Consultation response of the European Writers’ Council, registered observer at WIPO, to WIPO/IP/AI/2/GE/20/1 – WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). To be submitted until 14 February 2020. The EWC statement can be found under europeanwriterscouncil.eu Brussels,…
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OUR MISSION

Mission The official aims of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) – Fédération des associations européennes d’écrivains (FAEE) AISBL and mission are to represent the professional interests of the creators of literature, (more…)