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Unions, AI, and You

This week Anne and Tom Dheere discuss the landmark agreement between SAG-AFTRA and Replica Studios. They cover how this deal could shape the compensation, usage rights, and ethical considerations of voice performances in the age of AI. They look at the details of this complex partnership, examining the potential ripple effects for both union and non-union talents. They emphasize the necessity for voice actors to stay informed and proactive in the face of advancing technology that could redefine our industry. They confront the pressing issues that voice actors encounter, such as leasing AI technology and the critical need to secure royalties and licensing fees. The BOSSES cover the intricacies of fair AI voiceover rate structures and underscore the urgency for collective bargaining and new legal frameworks.

In this episode, we discuss the challenges and opportunities that voice actors face with disruptive technologies, including AI.

Chapter Summaries

(00:01) AI Regulation in the Voice Industry

Exploring the SAG-AFTRA and Replica Studios agreement, its impact on voiceover industry, and the need for education on AI and synthetic voices.

(14:42) Navigating AI in Voiceover Industry

Voice actors face challenges in negotiating fair AI voiceover rates and advocating for their rights and compensation in the industry.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

1. Groundbreaking Agreement: The episode focuses on the significant agreement between SAG-AFTRA and Replica Studios concerning AI voiceover work, highlighting its impact on the voice acting industry. 2. Voice Actor Compensation: The discussion emphasizes the importance of fair compensation and usage rights for voice actors as AI technology evolves and becomes more integrated into voiceover work. 3. Ethical Considerations: Ethical issues surrounding the use of AI in voice acting are addressed, particularly concerning the unauthorized exploitation of voice actors' work and intellectual property. 4. Union and Non-Union Impact: The implications of the SAG-AFTRA and Replica Studios agreement affect both union and non-union voice talents, with a call for all voice actors to educate themselves on synthetic voices and AI's role in the industry. 5. AI Voiceover Rate Structures: The episode explores the complexities of creating fair rate structures for AI voiceover work and stresses the need for collective bargaining and industry-wide negotiation. 6. AI Casting Opportunities: Potential new opportunities for voice actors in AI casting are highlighted, suggesting that this technology could open up novel avenues for talent. 7. Royalties and Licensing Fees: The necessity for voice actors to secure royalties and licensing fees is underlined, given the new dynamics of leasing AI technology and the loss of some control over their work. 8. Advocacy for Voice Talent: The episode serves as a call to action for voice actors to advocate for their rights and empowerment in an industry being reshaped by artificial intelligence. 9. Regulation of AI: The need for regulation over prohibition is discussed, as the industry is too advanced for the latter, and the focus should be on setting precedents for ethical AI usage in voiceover work. 10. Education and Proactivity: The episode encourages voice actors to stay informed and proactive about AI advancements to navigate the changes in the industry and protect their rights and livelihoods.

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