After officials of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) ratified a tentative agreement with Hollywood entertainment studios that contains clauses on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the business, the WGA strike has officially come to an end. On May 2, 2023, the strike started, and it lasted for about five months. The use and application of AI was one of the WGA’s main discussion areas.
The official tentative agreement with the WGA stipulates that AI cannot create or edit literary works, and that AI-generated content will not be regarded as source material. This indicates that it is prohibited to exploit AI-generated content to discredit authors. Companies must also be open with writers when providing them with AI-generated content or using it in a project. The WGA maintains the right to argue that the MBA or other laws forbid using writers’ works as training data for AI.