– SAG-AFTRA, the union representing Hollywood performers, has rejected studios’ offer to end the strike due to clauses allowing the use of AI-created likenesses of high-demand and deceased performers without consent.
– The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) would secure AI scans for Schedule F performers but would only pay once for the scan and have eternal rights to the likeness without proper permission.
– After the dispute became public, the union reached a common understanding with AMPTP on issues like AI consent after an actor dies.
– GM’s autonomous vehicle Cruise division is facing issues with its AVs’ sensors recognizing children and frequently requiring human operators to take control. Cruise has halted production of its autonomous vehicle after its license was pulled by the California DMV.
– Nintendo is performing well with digital game sales, selling nearly 20 million copies of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and seeing success with Pikmin 4 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
– Sony has released the Alpha A9 III, the fastest full-frame camera ever with a global stacked sensor and impressive shooting speeds and shutter speeds.
– Apple has released watchOS 10.1.1 to fix a battery-life bug in Apple Watches.
SAG-AFTRA, the union representing Hollywood performers, has reportedly responded to studios’ “last, best and final” offer to end the strike, rejecting clauses letting studios re-use AI-created likenesses of high-demand and deceased performers without consent from their estate or families. “They can’t have that loophole to exploit performers,” a union-side source told The Hollywood Reporter. “We could not allow that language to stand.”
Reportedly, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) would “secure AI scans” for Schedule F performers — union members earning more than $32,000 per TV episode or $60,000 per film. Studios would pay once to scan the likenesses of these performers without paying for their use or re-use — essentially giving them eternal rights to their face after paying once upfront. It appeared to offer limitless use of dead performers’ AI-created likenesses without proper permission.
After this part of the dispute became public, the union reportedly “reached a common understanding” with AMPTP on “thorny issues” like AI consent after an actor dies.
— Mat Smith
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This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-hollywood-studios-wanted-to-use-ai-generated-likenesses-of-dead-actors-without-permission-121531437.html?src=rss
AI Eclipse TLDR:
The union representing Hollywood performers, SAG-AFTRA, has rejected studios’ offer to end the strike, specifically objecting to clauses that would allow studios to use AI-created likenesses of high-demand and deceased performers without consent from their estate or families. The union believes that this would exploit performers and refused to accept the language. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) proposed securing AI scans for certain union members and paying once to scan their likenesses, granting eternal rights to their faces. After the dispute became public, the union reportedly reached a common understanding with AMPTP on issues regarding AI consent after an actor’s death.