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'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI

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Actress Sarah Silverman is among the creative professionals who have sued A.I. companies over copyright infringement.

In recent months, social media companies, news organizations, and authors such as Paul Tremblay and the actress Sarah Silverman have all taken a position against A.I. sucking up their data without permission.

Credit: Mark Sommerfeld/The New York Times

For more than 20 years, Kit Loffstadt has written fan fiction exploring alternate universes for "Star Wars" heroes and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" villains, sharing her stories free online.

But in May, Ms. Loffstadt stopped posting her creations after she learned that a data company had copied her stories and fed them into the artificial intelligence technology underlying ChatGPT, the viral chatbot. Dismayed, she hid her writing behind a locked account.

Ms. Loffstadt also helped organize an act of rebellion last month against A.I. systems. Along with dozens of other fan fiction writers, she published a flood of irreverent stories online to overwhelm and confuse the data-collection services that feed writers' work into A.I. technology.

"We each have to do whatever we can to show them the output of our creativity is not for machines to harvest as they like," said Ms. Loffstadt, a 42-year-old voice actor from South Yorkshire in Britain.

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