Mar 29, 2024 | News Story

Unions Call on Congress to Ensure Journalists, Film and Television Writers, and Creative Workers Are Protected by Artificial Intelligence Legislation

Amid growing concerns over Artificial Intelligence, a coalition of unions representing journalists, film and television writers, and creative workers have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urging Congress to ensure these workers are protected by any legislation addressing Artificial Intelligence.

Unions co-signed to the letter include: The NewsGuild-CWA, Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA).

The letter specifically urges Congress to protect journalists, film and television writers and creative workers from Artificial Intelligence by:

  • Ensuring AI does not replace journalists and creative professionals or replicate work produced by these professionals without consent or fair compensation, whether or not they own the copyrights to their work;
  • Safeguarding against the use of AI to surveil workers and their work product;
  • Protecting professional voice, likeness and performance and written talent; and
  • Codifying workers’ rights to bargain collectively over AI policy in the workplace

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