Writers Furious When Fanfiction Site Won’t Ban AI-Generated Work

Fandom Fracas Writers are threatening to pull their stories from Archive of Our Own (AO3), one of the world’s largest fanfiction websites, after staff posted that they will not prohibit the publication of artificial intelligence-generated fanfiction on the website. Typifying the anger, one Twitter user wrote that they “would rather have one hundred thousand unreadably bad human-written fics added to AO3 every day than one AI fic.” The fandom drama kicked off earlier this month when the nonprofit group Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), which oversees AO3, posted an excerpt of an interview with Betsy Rosenblatt, professor of law at The University of Tulsa and chairperson of OTW’s legal committee, who expressed enthusiasm over AI scraping fanfiction on the Internet. “One of the things that excites me — which is probably a bit off to the side of what most people are talking about with AI and copyright — is that AIs are reading fan fiction now,” she said in the interview, originally published in February by the Association of Research Libraries. Friends to Enemies Fanfic writers expressed outrage. “I think OTW’s Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt needs to step down,” one wrote on Twitter. “I don’t want a rep of OTW chatting happily about how great it is to train AI on fanfic.” But at least one writer was pleased that somebody, even an AI bot, was reading their smutty fanfic. “AI CHATGPT fanfic bots scraping my AO3 and filling their neural networks with my depraved gay incest porn,” one quipped. Epilogue…Writers Furious When Fanfiction Site Won’t Ban AI-Generated Work

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