A Worldwide Group of Voice Acting Guilds, Unions, and Associations
AUSTRIA | BELGIUM | BENIN | BRAZIL | CANADA | CHILE | COLUMBIA | FRANCE GERMANY | ITALY | NETHERLANDS | NIGERIA | POLAND | SOUTH AMERICA | SPAIN SWITZERLAND | TAIWAN | TURKEY | UNITED STATES
WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR:
Protecting Actors’ Work and Human Creativity: Any use of AI technology to generate and clone human voices must be subject to the explicit consent of the Voice-Over Artists and Performers, which must therefore be in a position to refuse the use of their works and performances, past and future, for purposes not expressly authorised by them, and be offered practical solutions to ensure the effectiveness of this choice.
Preserve Property Rights and Intellectual Property Rights: Currently, generative AI technology heavily depends on online sourcing to enhance its learning capabilities, which regularly involves the illicit scraping and use of copyrighted data and content. The collection process does not bother itself with verifying whether or not this data and content can be reused.
Protecting Personal Data: VO Artists alert data protection authorities that Generative AI technologies are likely to feed off “sensitive” personal data (voice is considered biometric data under the GDPR), in contexts and for the purposes that are not yet well defined nor transparent.
Harmonise image, personality, and publicity rights across the EU bloc: Currently there is a patchwork of national laws within the EU leaving artists uncertain about their protection over their face, their voice, and their likeness in commercial applications.
Liability for Generated Content: the AI Act must ensure that the primary responsibility and liability for any harm caused lies with the source of the generative AI systems, the providers of the foundation models, as well as any provider of a downstream application.
Ensuring Transparency for Generative AI: Every cloned and/or synthetic voice must be clearly labeled and traceable with a speciﬁc and audible tag, so that users are aware of the nature of the speaking voice. This request is in line with the provision of identifiability of content generated by AI systems, in the draft EU AI Act, but must be further enhanced.
Sustainability of a Cultural Asset: Voice talents are part of the cultural assets of their communities. The role they play in the conservation of the collective identity must therefore be protected.
Implementing a Moratorium: A moratorium on the use of voice synthesisation and cloning techniques with generative AI must be put in place until there is clear regulation protecting the rights of all voice professionals, securing the continuity of their cultural role.
Establish Dialogue: An open and constructive dialogue must be established between studios, Voice-Over Artists, and all other participants in the industry to guarantee that the rights of voice professionals are honored. This also includes the mandatory introduction of contractual terms to prevent the use of human voice samples with generative AI technologies for training purposes, without the active consent of the performers/owners.
UVA FOUNDING MEMBERS
- EHBE: Euskal Herriko Bikoizleen Elkartea (Spain)
- LESVOIX.FR: Association professionnelle des comédiens artistes-interprètes de la voix enregistrée (France)
- LGL: La General de Locutores (Spain)
- LOCUMAD: Sindicato de Locutores de Madrid (Spain)
- NAVA: National Association of Voice Actors (USA)
- NedVO: Nederlandse Voiceovers
- OVU: Organización de Voces Unidas (Latin America)
- Samen1Stem: (Netherlands)
- SATED- SP: Sindicato dos Artistas e Técnicos em Espectáculos de Diversões no Estado de Sāo Paulo (Brazil)
- TDAPA: Taipei City Dubbing Artists Professional (Taiwan) Association
- VALK: The Voice Actors League of Kenya
- VdS: Verband deutscher Sprecher:innen e.V. (Germany)
- Voice Sprecherverband (Austria)
- VPS-ASP: Vereinigung professioneller Sprecherinnen und Sprecher (Switzerland)
- WoVO: World-Voices Organization (USA)
- ZZTD– Związek Zawodowy Twórców Dubbingu (Poland)