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

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The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) put out a press release on Jan. 26, 2024, hitting again at two AI scandals in current weeks: express AI deepfakes of musician Taylor Swift circulating on X (previously Twitter) and the broader web, and a comedy particular YouTube video that impersonates the late comic George Carlin and was marketed as AI generated, however which a spokesperson of the creators mentioned was truly human written and an elaborate joke.

It makes excellent sense and is in step with the union’s prior place of skepticism towards AI throughout its strike and in the end, settlement to resume manufacturing with studios, with the settlement that human actors would management their very own AI likenesses generated on movie and TV productions.

“The growth and dissemination of pretend photographs — particularly these of a lewd nature — with out somebody’s consent should be made unlawful. As a society, we now have it in our energy to manage these applied sciences, however we should act now earlier than it’s too late,” SAG acknowledged.

A scandalous month for AI generated content material

It’s unclear if Taylor Swift is a SAG-AFTRA member, however she’s acted earlier than and is rumored to be within the upcoming Deadpool 3, and in the course of the previous week, numerous X accounts and web sites akin to Celeb Jihad posted deepfaked photorealistic photographs of her in numerous lewd and express scenes involving followers of her professional American soccer participant boyfriend Travis Kelce’s NFL group the Kansas City Chiefs.

X was sluggish to cease the unfold of the photographs (which remained up for 17 hours and acquired 45 million views for essentially the most seen posts), however did lastly start eradicating them and related accounts, and right now blocked all searches of Swift’s identify.

Meanwhile Carlin was made the topic of a brand new comedy particular titled “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead,” launched on January 11, 2024, by “Dudesy” a so-called comedy AI program created by comic Will Sasso previously of “Mad TV” and podcaster Chad Kultgen, to a lot criticism on-line by followers and in the end, a copyright infringement lawsuit from Carlin’s daughter. The video was taken offline after the lawsuit was filed.

Early on, some alleged the 2 are performing an elaborate bit as an AI program to spoof the hype and fears across the tech, probably utilizing AI instruments to assist them with this, however a consultant for the duo advised Ars Technica in article printed right now 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 fully written by Chad Kultgen.”

But simply yesterday, SAG-AFTRA launched a press release below the impression the Carlin particular was AI-generated, alongside its concern for the true AI-generated Swift express deepfakes. Read it in full right here:

January 26, 2024 

SAG-AFTRA is working with lawmakers who perceive the significance of appearing instantly to cross laws that protects people’ voices and likenesses — each within the case of dwelling and deceased performers.

The sexually express, A.I.-generated photographs depicting Taylor Swift are upsetting, dangerous, and deeply regarding. The growth and dissemination of pretend photographs — particularly these of a lewd nature — with out somebody’s consent should be made unlawful. As a society, we now have it in our energy to manage these applied sciences, however we should act now earlier than it’s too late. SAG-AFTRA continues to assist laws by U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle, the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act, to verify we cease exploitation of this nature from occurring once more. We assist Taylor and girls in all places who’re the victims of this type of theft of their privateness and proper to autonomy.

Similarly, George Carlin’s legacy was shaped out of a lifetime of lived expertise and a long time of honing his astute observational abilities whereas demonstrating a tireless dedication to the artwork of comedy. Companies or people trying to copy a person’s inventive work for revenue, publicity or clout are infringing upon mental property rights and devaluing the essence of human artistry. We should do not forget that all the pieces generated by A.I. originates from a human inventive supply and human creativity should be protected. SAG-AFTRA’s authorized group has been working with lawmakers who perceive the significance of appearing instantly to cross laws that protects people’ voices and likenesses — each within the case of dwelling and deceased performers. Families shouldn’t should see their family members exploited for revenue. We assist the Carlin household, who’re pursuing authorized motion towards these utilizing the comedian’s work with out looking for consent or providing compensation. 

WH backs Congressional motion, and two Ai picture payments have been launched

It’s not simply SAG-AFTRA calling for legal guidelines to alter within the wake of the fast unfold of AI imagery from generator fashions and packages akin to OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 (which powers Microsoft Designer and Bing Image Creator), open-source mannequin Stable Diffusion (made by Stability AI and Runway), and Midjourney: the White House spokesperson mentioned this in regards to the Swift illicit AI deepfakes in a press convention:

“We are alarmed by the studies of the…circulation of photographs that you just simply laid out – of false photographs to be extra precise, and it’s alarming,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre advised ABC News White House Correspondent Karen L. Travers.

“While social media firms make their very own unbiased selections about content material administration, we imagine they’ve an essential function to play in implementing their very own guidelines to forestall the unfold of misinformation, and non-consensual, intimate imagery of actual individuals,” she added.

She additionally acknowledged: “Of course Congress ought to take legislative motion. That’s the way you cope with a few of these points,” in keeping with The Verge.

Republican Congressman Tom Keane of New Jersey has launched a invoice calling for all AI generated photographs to be labeled, and joined together with his House of Representatives colleague, Democratic Congressman Joseph Morelle of New York, on the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act, which might “make non-consensual deepfakes a federal crime,” and permit purveyors to be fined and despatched to federal jail for 10 years.

Both payments are awaiting voting via committee and onto the complete House and a Senate model being launched, earlier than they are often voted on by the complete Congress and signed or vetoed by the President. But at this price, with seemingly most individuals up in arms in regards to the difficulty, there appears a excessive public demand for fast motion from lawmakers. The massive questions: will they act, when, and the way?

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