AI has long been the enemy in the art industry, however, Hollywood can’t seem to wrap their heads around this ‘technology' inevitably harming their careers.
On May 2, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have decided to march out to strike, given that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) had refused to properly respond to their list of demands.
The writers’ list of demands, most of which are summed up to fair compensation and job security in Hollywood, also includes banning the use of AI in any form (whether using the technology for writing or rewriting materials).
Now, amid the WGA’s strike, Neil Gaiman decides to shed light on a more detailed report in regards to their negotiation with AMPTP.
The Sandman creator posted the detailed negotiation on his Facebook account, which you can check out below:
“I thought it might be easier for the discussion to actually post what the WGA is asking for and what the big Studios offered in return, which may shed some light on why the negotiations broke down,” Gaiman wrote.
Gaiman added: “My favourite one is what we asked for on AI, and their counter-offer, but you may have your own.”
If you take a closer look at the AMPTP’s response, most of them included “rejecting” the WGA’s proposal and “refusing to make counter-offers.”
In regards to AI, the WGA is simply asking the big Studios to ‘not write or rewrite literary material’ and to 'not use' AI 'as a source material’, both of which, as you may notice, are reasonable as they sound.
However, to that, the AMPTP’s ‘suggested’ AI management was to ‘offer annual meetings to discuss advancements in technology.’
Not only does this impose that writers have to move forward with this ‘technology’ but consider it a friend rather than an enemy in the industry.
For those unaware, AI is just another form of plagiarism. The service cannot distinguish between copyright-protected and public domain content (Deadline).
This is why the AMPTP is offering writers to use AI just for the WGA to ‘rewrite’ the entire thing, which doubles the work on films and series they’re producing, instead of getting the job done straight away.
As of writing, no Hollywood writer is penning down on any ongoing series.
Although some have countered the strike by finishing their scripts ahead of time, the majority are fighting for their rights as they gather their picket signs together.
The WGA’s last strike was back in 2007, which lasted for 100 days. How long will the strike last this time?