7th November, 2023

SPN supports APA and ASA stances on AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is obviously a big topic on all our minds at the moment.

As the technology develops, we expect that AI will become a useful – perhaps essential – tool for publishing workflows.

But when it comes to author, illustrator and designer copyright and IP protection, SPN is in full agreement with recent announcements from the Australian Publishers Association and Australian Society of Authors.

The APA says: “Poorly regulated AI development risks distorting the publishing value chain, and threatens to displace our creative workforce, and destroy our creative ecosystem of bookstores, literary festivals, and more.”

The ASA says: “We support the development of new technology, but this development must be done ethically.  The ASA position is that the laws and policies regulating AI should ensure authorisation, fair compensation and transparency.”

As publishing professionals, we must respect and defend creators’ copyright. Without their unique contributions we will not have original material to publish.

There will be a panel session on developments in AI and how they might affect publishing as part of the Industry Day of SPN’s Independent Publishing Conference on Friday 24 November, featuring experts offering academic, legal and publishing industry perspectives.

Click here for tickets to the conference.

(image credit: mikemacmarketing, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)


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