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Protect Performers Support the No AI Fraud Act - Human Artistry Campaign

It seems like all of sudden A.I. – artificial intelligence – was everywhere last year. In the press, in the stock market and in the media. The actors and writers strikes (SAG, AFTRA, WGA) brought center stage the potential impact on everyone in the creative arts.

If you’re like me, you don’t completely understand A.I. but know that it’s a big deal and will have enormous impact on every aspect of our lives – both good and bad.

One of the first campaigns Fan Alliance has joined is the Human Artistry Campaign (HAC) that’s taking on A.I. for creatives.

The Human Artistry Campaign came together because “creative works shape our identity, values, and worldview.” I agree. It’s why I created Fan Alliance.

A.I. could have positive impacts. Just think about how Siri gave you directions to your latest concert. But as HAC says “A.I. can never replace human expression and artistry” whether it be music, performance, writing, or any other form of creativity.

Last week, No AI Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications (No AI FRAUD) Act of 2024, a significant new bipartisan bill addressing nonconsensual A.I. deepfakes and voice cloning was introduced by Reps. Maria Salazar and Madeleine Dean.

A.I. is already here and having serious impacts on artists. A.I. cloning allows users to make unauthorized fakes using the images and voices of others. The abuse of this quickly advancing technology has affected everyone from musicians to high school students whose personal rights have been violated.

The No A.I. Fraud Act creates common sense rules to ensure that a person’s voice and likeness cannot be exploited without their permission.
 
Big tech is already generating misinformation – they claim that the bill would broadly prohibit any replica of a person – in this case, they are claiming it bans things like “South Park” and digital cameras.
 
Needless to say, that’s not true. But it’s part of a typical smokescreen when big money is at stake. (In fact, I wrote a book about how those same arguments have been used for over 150 years.)

I won’t get into the weeds of the bill. You can read about it here and here.

Or you could watch my favorite union leader of 2023, Fran Drescher, break it down for us. 

So, Fan Alliance is about education AND action. We need to raise our voice for real art – created by humans for humans. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Send a note to Congress. This link makes it easy.
  2. Share this info with others who listen to music, watch movies, binge watch Danish crime series, or just don’t want their own likeness or voice forged.

Finally, help us grow Fan Alliance. Share the website with your friends, follow and share the social media accounts and any other ideas you have. 

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