This Guy Stole 25,000 Books and Fed Them to his AI for Profit

And now he’s taking the website down

Jenna Goldsmith

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Photo by Liam Nguyen on Unsplash

Prosecraft is apparently a new website designed to analyze writing and suggest improvements through an algorithm.

That sounds like some nonsense already because it’s hard to quantify writing.

What the creator of the website didn’t think about was how the authors of the more than 25,000 books he fed into his AI algorithm without their permission would feel about their work being stolen.

According to a Tweet in his defence, Prosecraft was supposed to be a “fascinating and useful” tool, which he’d created in support of the writing community.

I don’t know about you but theft and fraud doesn’t sound very supportive to me.

He’s now being bombarded with frustration and anger, rightfully so, from authors whose books were uploaded to the website without their consent.

What’s his response?

“Aw shucks, I’m sorry. I guess I’ll take it down.”

Except it’s not an apology at all. It’s a justification for the theft of thousands of books. He’s not actually that sorry at all, he’s just sorry that he got caught.

And what in the heck did he expect?

That authors would be happy that their work was used and fed to an AI without their knowledge?

Best case scenario for him is that this all blows over.

But, I have my doubts.

Someone notified the Author’s Guild and they’re actively investigating.

I hope everyone whose books he stole sue him and leave him penniless.

He’s just some loser grifter tech bro who thinks he’s invincible. Because why wouldn’t he be? He’s a tech bro!

I will be more than happy to watch this all come crashing around him.

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