I have no illusions that my posts are some tremendous eternal bequest to our literary heritage. I share them freely with our WordPress community for the pleasure of writing and sometimes getting a response. What I am not interested in doing is offering free training to AI.
On my posts are a prominent statement that the material is copyrighted and that I am the creator and copyright holder. No, I do not expect to make a mint of my verbal ramblings. But I’m not willing to have my work reused without permission or compensation. Many years ago, I was the editor of a small community newspaper. It was a monthly tabloid that offered everything from recipes to gossip. Most of the material was provided free to the community by other members. But we did offer payment for some articles, and we paid standard North American rates for using the author’s material. Not to have done so would have been a theft.
So you may have noted that many writers and artists question if the corporations building AI applications are using their material to train the algorithms without permission or compensation. Well, here we sit in the middle of the great big WordPress literary universe, and the other day a blogger wondered in one o her posts whether WP was using our materials to help train AI. That got me thinking, and I went to the WordPress customer council and asked. No reply. So again, this morning, I posted a new query:
I‘ve asked this before and not received a response, but I am curious if WP allows chatbots and AI to train on the material your customers provide on our blogs.You might note that on my blog, I have a prominent copyright notice. Like many, I consider uninformed and unreimbursed use to be a violation of my intellectual property rights. So I’d like to know if Word Press allows our material to be used for AI.
I’ll be waiting for a response to arrive. It’s not so much that I want a check, but it’s always lovely when someone politely asks. Why don’t you go ahead and ask WordPress yourself?