Pursuant to my previous articles on the witch hunt being waged by those losing their marbles about the availability of AI image-generation to authors (1,2); at least several book marketing groups on Facebook have apparently taken to banning or deleting posts promoting books which their admins *suspect* (i.e. without any actual burden of proof) were…
According to critics of indie authors (strangely enough, from some within the indie author “community”) the use of free AI-generated cover images is “ripping off” artists who would otherwise receive payment for creating those covers.
When all is said and done, this isn’t about other people’s copyright – it’s about what’s paid, and what’s free – and who can afford to be part of the ‘club’. Ultimately, it’s about wealthier indies thinning out the competition to get to, or stay on top.
This looming witch hunt seems to me more about forcing authors to make use of paid services and relinquishing their creative freedom and independence than anything else – an extension and continuation of the age-old effort to gentrify the writing profession, and to make it back into a rich person’s hobby.
Zen Entertainment was a local South African LGBT entertainment news aggregator in the early 2010’s., run by local drag artist and personality, Zenja Collins. They did this interview with me on March 24, 2013.