Japan: An urge to protect the rights and jobs of entertainment industry from AI

March 7, 2024

A group of artists in Japan called Arts Workers Japan is urging the government to protect their rights and activities amid the growing amount of content produced by artificial intelligence (AI). The group, which is composed of actors, musicians, and other artists, emphasized the impact of AI on artists’ activities and submitted a request to the government for necessary action.

• Their concerns that AI Can Replicate Artists’ Expressions and Performances: - According to a voice actor from the group, AI can replicate artists’ expressions and performances after analysing their voices for just a few hours.

• This development could have severe consequences for the industry as a whole, including lost jobs and opportunities for artists, as well as infringing on their copyrights.

• AI-generated Content Can Affect Professional Skills of Stunt Performers:-  It can also scan the appearance and movements of the artists and then synthesize them into any age and gender.

• An entertainment industry group urged the government to take legislative action to protect the rights and livelihoods of artists from generative artificial intelligence.

• Led by actress Megumi Morisaki, the Arts Workers Japan Association, which consists of actors, musicians and other artists, shared its concerns about job losses in the industry at a `news conference in Tokyo on May 8.

• Lawyer Yamato Sato submitted a written document to the government, calling for legal stipulations that clearly define and protect performers’ rights regarding their appearances, voices and movements. The document also stresses the need for legislation to ensure that performers receive proper compensation when AI uses their data to generate content.

• The music industry is also concerned about the impact that AI could have on musicians.

• Music producer Ryosuke Imai acknowledged the inevitable narrowing of the gap between humans and AI.

• In March, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers hosted a symposium on AI-generated music and copyright issues.

• It is now common for AI to assist creators. For example, music makers often use apps to find rhyming words when writing lyrics.

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