Amazon sells fake AI Jane Friedman books
Occurred: August 2023
US-based author Jane Friedman discovered five fake books being sold under her name on Amazon, resulting in a wave of complaints and negative media coverage accusing the technology company of poor content moderation and tone-deaf customer relations.
In a blog post titled 'I Would Rather See My Books Get Pirated Than This (Or: Why Goodreads and Amazon Are Becoming Dumpster Fires)', Friedman said she suspected the books were generated using ChatGPT or a similar AI system, which were listed under her name on Amazon and its Goodreads subsidiary.
Amazon refused to remove the books after Friedman had submitted a complaint on the basis that she did not hold a trademark to her name, only to relent a few hours after she had posted her views online.
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Published: August 2023
Last updated: November 2023