SAG-AFTRA on AI Taylor Swift deepfakes, George Carlin special


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The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Put out a StatementOn Jan. 26, 2024, I will respond to two AI scandals that have occurred in recent weeks. Taylor Swift’s deepfakes – a fake AI of the musicianX (formerly Twitter), and the wider Internet, are circulating a comedy special YouTube that impersonates late comedian George Carlin. The video was marketed as AI-generated, but a spokesperson for the creators claimed it was actually written by humans and an elaborate joke.

It makes perfect sense and is in keeping with the union’s prior position of AI strike: Skepticism during the strikeYou can also find out more about the following:Final agreement on production renewal with studios, with the agreement being that human actors would be able control their own AI likenesses created on film and TV productions.

A scandalous month of AI generated content

It’s unclear if Taylor Swift is a SAG-AFTRA member, but she’s acted before and is rumored to be in the upcoming Deadpool 3, and during the past week, various X accounts and websites such as Celeb Jihad posted deepfaked photorealistic images of her in various lewd and explicit scenes involving fans of her pro American football player boyfriend Travis Kelce’s NFL team the Kansas City Chiefs.

X was Slowly stop the spread of images After 17 hours of the most popular posts (which received 45,000,000 views), they finally began removing them, and their associated accounts. today blocked all searches of Swift’s name.

Meanwhile Carlin was made the subject of a new comedy special titled “George Carlin: I am Glad I’m Dead,” released on January 11, 2024, by “Dudesy” a so-called comedy AI program created by comedian Will Sasso formerly of “Mad TV” and podcaster Chad Kultgen, to much criticism online by fans and ultimately, a copyright infringement lawsuit from Carlin’s daughter. The video was taken off line after the lawsuit was filed.

“The development and dissemination of fake images — especially those of a lewd nature — without someone’s consent must be made illegal. As a society, we have it in our power to control these technologies, but we must act now before it is too late,” SAG stated.

Early on, there are some The two are alleged to be performing an elaborate piece as an AI programThe duo may have used AI tools to spoof the hype around the technology, but a spokesperson for the duo said that they were attempting to spoof the fears and hype surrounding the tech. Ars Technica in article published today that “It’s a fictional podcast character created by two human beings, Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen…The YouTube video ‘I’m Glad I’m Dead’ was completely written by Chad Kultgen.”

SAG-AFTRA issued a statement yesterday under the impression that the Carlin Special was AI-generated. It also expressed concern over the real AI-generated Swift express deepfakes. You can read the full article here:

January 26, 2024 

SAG-AFTRA is working with lawmakers who understand the importance of acting immediately to pass legislation that protects individuals’ voices and likenesses — both in the case of living and deceased performers.

The sexually explicit A.I. generated images of Taylor Swift that are disturbing, harmful and deeply concerning. The development and dissemination of fake images — especially those of a lewd nature — without someone’s consent must be made illegal. We have the power to control this technology as a society. But we must act quickly before it’s too late. SAG-AFTRA supports the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act by U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle to ensure that this type of exploitation does not happen again. We support Taylor and women everywhere who are the victims of this kind of theft of their privacy and right to autonomy.

Similarly, George Carlin’s legacy was formed out of a lifetime of lived experience and decades of honing his astute observational skills while demonstrating a tireless dedication to the art of comedy. Companies or individuals attempting to replicate an individual’s creative work for profit, publicity or clout are infringing upon intellectual property rights and devaluing the essence of human artistry. We must not forget that A.I. is responsible for everything. The source of the creative work is a human being, and this creativity must be protected. SAG-AFTRA’s legal team has been working with lawmakers who understand the importance of acting immediately to pass legislation that protects individuals’ voices and likenesses — both in the case of living and deceased performers. Families should never have to watch as their loved ones are exploited by others for profit. We support the Carlin family, who are pursuing legal action against those using the comic’s work without seeking consent or offering compensation. 

Two Ai-image bills have been introduced, and the White House supports Congressional action.

It’s not just SAG-AFTRA calling for laws to change in the wake of the rapid spread of AI imagery from generator models and programs such as OpenAI’s DALL-E 3Microsoft Designer and Bing Image Creator are powered by this software. open-source model Stable Diffusion Stability AI and Runway), and MidjourneyIn a press conference, the White House spokesperson stated that Swift is a deepfake illicit AI.

“We are alarmed by the reports of the…circulation of images that you just laid out – of false images to be more exact, and it is alarming,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre toldABC News White House Correspondent Karen L. Travers.

“While social media companies make their own independent decisions about content management, we believe they have an important role to play in enforcing their own rules to prevent the spread of misinformation, and non-consensual, intimate imagery of real people,” she added.

She also said: “Of course Congress should take legislative action. That’s how you deal with some of these issues,” According to The Verge.

Republican Congressman Tom Keane of New Jersey introduced a bill that calls for all AI-generated images to be labelled. He joined his Democratic colleague Joseph Morelle of New York in the House of Representatives on this issue. Act to Prevent Deepfakes of Intimate Imagery, which would “make non-consensual deepfakes a federal crime,” and allow purveyors to be fined and sent to federal prison for 10 years.

Both bills need to pass through committee, be brought up for a vote in the House, and then a Senate-version must be introduced before they can go to the full Congress for ratification and then signed or vetoed. There is a public demand that lawmakers act quickly, especially at this rate. The issue has enraged many people, and they want to see it resolved as soon as possible. The big questions are: Will they act, when and how?

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