Film, music and publishing bosses to meet Government to discuss risks of AI

20 November 2023, 10:54

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A roundtable event led by culture Secretary Lucy Frazer will look at how AI will impact film, music and television on Monday.

Music, film and publishing bosses will meet with the Government to discuss the risks of artificial intelligence (AI) on the creative industries.

A roundtable event led by Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer will look at how AI could impact the sector on Monday.

It comes after US actors’ union Sag-Aftra was engaged in a “very serious fight” with Hollywood studios over protections against the threat of artificial intelligence “up until the very end” of its 118-day walkout.

Succession’s Brian Cox and Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis have been among the British actors who have raised concerns about the threat of AI on the acting world.

Senior bosses from Warner Music, Getty Images and the Publishers’ Association will take part in the event – alongside representatives from the Intellectual Property Office and Creators’ Rights Alliance.

The meeting is expected to cover what protections are needed to protect artists’ voices and image, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said.

The group are also expected to talk about concerns about copyrighted material being used without permission to train AI models like ChatGPT, as well as how content created by AI could infringe on intellectual property.

The conversation will also look at how AI can be used positively and how AI can allow artists to perform in new ways, such as Abba Voyage – which brings together avatars and a live band.

AI can also generate new edits of songs or footage in minutes – which would usually take creators hours, the DCMS added.

Ms Frazer said: “The UK’s strengths and accomplishments in art and entertainment mean we are well placed to take advantage of developing technologies in this field.

“But creatives rightly have concerns – and proposals – about how their work is used by artificial intelligence now and in the future, and I want to hear them.

“As Culture Secretary, I want to maximise the potential of our creative industries and grow them by £50 billion by 2030, creating one million new jobs.

“I believe that AI can help delivering these goals, but only if opportunities are developed responsibly and in lock-step with industry, which is the ambition behind today’s meeting.”

The meeting follows the publication of the AI regulation white paper, which sets out the principles for the responsible development of AI in the UK.

By Press Association

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