Posted on January 12, 2024 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two posts from the blogs we follow had a common thread of ethical issues and literature intersecting.

One is on an actual news event: OpenAI said, in a statement issued to a House of Lords committee, that it could not train its ChatGPT at all without using copyrighted works.

The statement is eye-catching because of the increasing battles between content creators, who say they haven't consented to share their work, and artificial-intelligence development companies.

You can read more about the testimony and its significance in the Guardian.

The other piece on ethics is a more philosophical one.

At Book Riot, Jeffrey Davies considers the growing literary trend of biofiction — in which authors use biographical facts as the basis for bigger fictional work — and how fair it is to the real-life figures featured in it.

Such examples include Marilyn Monroe (Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates), Maud Gage Baum (Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts), and Emily Dickinson (Because I Could Not Stop For Death and I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died by Amanda Flower).

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