MacVoices #23261: MacVoices Live! – AI, Large Language Models, and The Writers Strike Agreement (2)

While the resolution of the writer’s strike might not seem like MacVoices fodder, Chuck JoinerGuy SerleBrian Flanigan-ArthursBen RoethigJim ReaMark Fuccio, and Web Bixby examine the concerns over streaming salaries and bonuses in a streaming video world and AI usage and compensation for writers. The impact of streaming platforms and deepfake technology is considered, along with the challenges of using the voices and likenesses of both living and deceased actors. (Part 2)

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Show Notes:


0:02:18 Bonus Schedules for Streaming Success and Use of AI
0:03:44 AI Language Models: A Threat to Writers?
0:04:39 Confidentiality Agreements and Streaming Data Transparency
0:06:35 Studios Sharing Information: A Breakthrough for Writers
0:07:17 Writers and AI: Shifting Dynamics in the Entertainment Industry
0:09:34 Compensation Issues and the Impact of Streaming on Writers
0:14:06 Technological Realities and Work Stoppage
0:16:33 The Future of Realistic Digital Characters
0:17:27 Apple and Technology: Things to be Aware Of
0:17:52 Personalized Voice Technology: Training to Sound Like Someone Else
0:19:14 Impersonating Voices: A Discussion for After Dark
0:19:21 The Importance of Protecting Actors’ Faces and Voices
0:20:22 The Debate: Who Gets Paid for Voice Impersonations?
0:21:45 Copyright and Contractual Issues with Impersonating Actors
0:23:30 Legal Implications of Voice and Likeness Rights
0:25:19 Satire and Copyright Protection


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Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as a marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990’s selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through Twitter, LinkedIn, or on Mastodon.

Jim Rea built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on  Twitter and Mastodon.

Guy Serle, best known for being one of the co-hosts of the MyMac Podcast, sincerely apologizes for anything he has done or caused to have happened while in possession of dangerous podcasting equipment. He should know better but being a blonde from Florida means he’s probably incapable of understanding the damage he has wrought. Guy is also the author of the novel, The Maltese Cube. You can follow his exploits on Twitter, catch him on Mac to the Future on Facebook, at @[email protected], and find everything at


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