Feb 22 2023
The Future of Novelists vs AI – Who Writes? Who Owns The Rights?
The Buzz 1: I queried ChatGPT how it writes a novel. Response: As a language model, ChatGPT can generate text in a variety of styles and formats, including novels…text that is well-formed and coherent, it may not necessarily generate a novel that is original, engaging, or emotionally impactful. Writing a good novel …requires creativity, imagination, and a deep understanding of human emotions and experiences.
The Buzz 2: I queried ChatGPT on legal issues of using AI to write a novel. Response:
As a machine learning model, I do not have the ability to legally hold or own intellectual property. However, the ownership of intellectual property generated by a machine learning model can be a complex issue. Generally speaking, the creator of a work is considered to be the owner of the copyright in that work. In the case of a story or novel generated by a machine learning model like mine, the ownership of the copyright would typically be held by the entity or individual that created and trained the model.
The Buzz 3: I asked ChatGPT for movie quotes that define a “novelist”.
“A novelist is simply a person who creates imaginary characters and then sits back to see what they will do.” [P. L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks, 2013 biographical drama film]
“Being a novelist is like being a detective, only instead of solving a crime, you're trying to solve the mysteries of the human heart.” [Henry DeTamble, played by Eric Bana, The Time Traveler's Wife, 2009 romantic sci-fi drama film]
“As a novelist, you have to be prepared to live with your characters for a long time. You have to know them inside and out, to be able to write about them in a way that is authentic and true.” [Jane Austen, played by Anne Hathaway, Becoming Jane, 2007 biographical romantic drama film]
“A writer is the sum of their experiences. Go get some.” [Gil Pender, played by Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris, 2011 fantasy comedy film]
We’ll ask BJ Magnani, Leonard Lee, Matt Cost, and Barbara Struna for their take on The Future of Human Novelists vs AI – Who Writes the Story? Who Owns the Rights?