Here comes a tidal wave of semi-legal animated AI meme-cartoons

Tuesday 2nd July, 2024 - Bruce Sterling

*That’s what this lecture would seem to imply.


The Legal Issues are a Quagmire

I haven’t calculated lawyers per employee in Hollywood, but it’s safe to say legal issues are more important in the entertainment business than in many other industries. Hollywood creates copyrighted information goods, which are subject to piracy and infringement and require constant legal vigilance; it traffics in byzantine legal agreements, like talent contracts and licensing and distribution deals; and it’s very high profile, attracting a lot public attention, and, as a result, lawsuits. If the mantra in Silicon Valley is something like Mark Zuckerberg’s “move fast and break things,” the mantra in Hollywood is “you better run it by legal first.” (…)