The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has gone on strike in response to major entertainment companies’ refusal to regulate the use of generative AI tools in screenwriting. The WGA has proposed that AI should not be used to write or rewrite screenplays, nor should it be used as source material for screenwriting. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) rejected this proposal and offered annual meetings to discuss technological advancements instead.
Screenwriters have expressed concern that the studios want to use AI to cut costs and treat writers as “gig workers.” This strike is the first Hollywood strike in 15 years and comes as AI-generated content is becoming more prevalent. However, AI still has issues with misinformation and bias, and generative AI systems are already facing copyright issues.