There is a new scam targeting authors.
An enterprising scammer can use AI to write a book similar to your writing style. They can use an AI-generated cover similar to yours, and publish the book with a pen name that also happens to be yours.
Sometimes, Amazon even puts this fraudulent book in your Author Central account so customers see the AI book you didn’t write listed with the books you did write.
The crazy thing about this attack is that it might not be illegal.
It is such a new type of attack that there is no name for it yet. But in this week’s episode, I will call it “reputation theft.” Reputation theft is where someone you don’t know uses your name and style to sell their own books.
How do you protect yourself from reputation theft?
How do you navigate the many legal dilemmas authors face in this age of AI-assisted writing?
I invited literary lawyer Lloyd Jassin to guide us through this legal forest. He’s a publishing insider who tells us.
- The difference between copyright and trademark
- Which tool is best for protecting your name and work
- What you can do if you’ve been attacked by “reputation theft”