Writers’ Strike Ends with Tentative Agreement

by Shelly Palmer

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a tentative agreement. While the 146-day-old strike is not officially over, picketing has been suspended.

The deal, achieved after five days of continuous negotiations, is said to include provisions regarding the use of generative AI. My Sunday essay, “Certified Human – The Future of Copyright Law,” explores some fundamental realities of the “Generative Era” and offers some suggestions for framing the future of intellectual property protection. As my essay discusses, it may not matter (in practice) what the new WGA contract says about AI.

The WGA will release the contract details after final language completion. A vote by the WGA’s 11,000 members is anticipated soon after to ratify the agreement and formally end the strike. Many industry observers believe that a successful end to the WGA strike will hasten the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Let’s hope that’s not just wishful thinking.

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P.S. Wishing those who celebrate an easy fast.

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