The longest actor’s strike in Hollywood history ended with “groundbreaking” protections against the use of AI, reports CNN:

Studios will have to provide informed consent for the creation of any kind of digital replica of a performer or background actor, with a specific description of the intended use, the union officials said. Compensation for the replica will vary. Notably, the contract also protects background performers from any use of their digital replica without their consent, SAG leadership said. [Even after they are deceased.]

Negotiations over using AI to create synthetic performers continued down to the wire. Union leadership said studios will have to gain consent for any actors whose facial features are used for the AI performer, the studios have to inform actors they’re using AI, and the union can bargain over compensation for those affected by it.

The separate deal signed in September with the writer’s guild “also includes assurances

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