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Grammys announces ‘big AI ban’ that may be sweet music for many

The Grammys have made a significant announcement, implementing a strict ban on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the music industry. The Recording Academy, which grants the prestigious music awards, has stated that only human creators are eligible for Grammy Awards. This move comes as AI applications, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, have gained popularity, enabling the generation of human-like dialogue and threatening to replace humans in various creative roles.

According to the updated rulebook, any work without human authorship is ineligible for Grammy consideration. While AI-assisted music may still qualify in certain categories, music creators must contribute at least 20% to an album to be eligible for a nomination. Previously, even individuals with minimal input, such as producers, songwriters, engineers, or featured artists, could be nominated for Album of the Year.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) are also grappling with the use of AI in screenwriting and acting. The WGA is aiming to restrict AI usage in screenwriting, while SAG actors are advocating for control over their digital personas and fair compensation.

The WGA writers recently went on strike, with AI usage being one of the unresolved issues in negotiations with studios.

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