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Artificial intelligence could be ‘devastating’ to these musicians

The American Federation of Musicians, the union that represents music performers and artists, could be the latest entertainment industry union to go on strike over artificial intelligence. The AFM is starting negotiations with Hollywood producers. Shelly Palmer, of Syracuse University, said artificial intelligence will hit the musicians who produce TV theme songs and instrumental music for stores and theme parks the hardest.

Source: Artificial intelligence could be ‘devastating’ to these musicians

Music streaming platforms must pay artists more, says EU

The EU has proposed sweeping changes within the music streaming industry to promote smaller artists and make sure underpaid performers are being fairly compensated. A resolution to address concerns regarding inadequate streaming royalties for artists and biased recommendation algorithms was adopted by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Wednesday, highlighting that no existing EU rules currently apply to music streaming services.

Source: Music streaming platforms must pay artists more, says EU

Disney Exec Warns More Shows May See Fewer Seasons Due to New Actors Deal 

The new collective bargaining agreement struck between the major Hollywood studios and the Screen Actors Guild may have an impact on the longevity of future shows, according to one Walt Disney executive. The increasingly complex terms gives actors more flexibility to move on to projects and makes it more costly to retain them for future seasons, which could lead to shows ending prematurely, warned Grant Michaelson, vice president of business affairs for Disney’s branded television unit.

Source: Disney Exec Warns More Shows May See Fewer Seasons Because of the New Actors Deal | Cord Cutters News

158 million tracks had 1,000 plays or fewer on music streaming services last year

According to Luminate’s 2023 Year-End Music Report, fully 158.6 million tracks each received 1,000 or fewer plays on audio streaming services in 2023. That number amounts to a whopping86.2% of the 184 million music tracks that Luminate measured on audio streaming services at the close of last year via ISRCs. Even more tellingly, a total of 45.6 million tracks received zero plays in 2023.

Source: 158 million tracks had 1,000 plays or fewer on music streaming services last year. 45 million had no plays at all.

Gaming voice actors blindsided by ‘garbage’ union AI deal

Prominent voice actors say they weren’t told about a landmark deal setting out how voices generated by artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in games. It has been struck by US actors’ union Sag-Aftra and AI firm Replica Studios. The union says it guarantees “fully informed consent and fair compensation” for its members. But many voice artists, who have long been concerned AI will replace them, have reacted with fury with one calling the deal “garbage.”

Source: Gaming voice actors blindsided by ‘garbage’ union AI deal

Getty Images launches a new GenAI service for iStock customers

Getty Images, the stock media company, announced a new service this week at CES 2024 that leverages AI models trained on Getty’s iStock stock photography and video libraries to generate new licensable images and artwork. Called Generative AI by iStock, the service, powered in part by tech from Nvidia, has been designed to guard against generations of known products, people, places or other copyrighted elements, Getty claims.

Source: Getty Images launches a new GenAI service for iStock customers | TechCrunch

OpenAI Under Scrutiny as EU Unpacks Microsoft Deal 

The European Commission is weighing whether to launch an in-depth investigation into Microsoft’s $10 billion investment in OpenAI, maker of ChatGPT and other leading AI systems. At issue are EU merger rules. If the regulators find that the companies breached competition laws, it could lead to a full-scale probe and potential restrictions on the partnership.

Source: OpenAI Under Scrutiny as EU Unpacks Microsoft Deal – Decrypt

SAG-AFTRA Signs Deal With Voiceover Studio for AI Use in Video Games

SAG-AFTRA signed a deal on Tuesday with an AI voiceover studio that sets terms for the use of artificial intelligence in video games. The union announced the deal with Replica Studios on Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the union’s executive director, said that the terms include informed consent for the use of AI to create digital voice replicas, as well as requirements for the safe storage of digital assets.

Source: SAG-AFTRA Signs Deal With Voiceover Studio for AI Use in Video Games

OpenAI will open its custom ChatGPT store after months-long delay

While custom GPTs built by OpenAI are available through the explore tab of ChatGPT Plus, the store would let users share and monetize their GPTs. OpenAI has said it plans to figure out a way to pay GPT creators based on how much their AI agents on the store are used, but it has not released any other details about the plan.

Source: OpenAI will open its custom ChatGPT store next week

Hollywood’s Box Office Recovery Needs Rewrite

This year’s holiday season has largely been a lump of coal for the movie industry. Domestic box office receipts for the season starting the first week of November have barely crossed the $1 billion mark. That is actually below the same period in each of the past two years. It is also less than half the $2.3 billion average for the holiday season in the prepandemic years of 2015 to 2019, according to Box Office Mojo.

Source: Hollywood’s Box Office Recovery Needs Rewrite

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