Disney Fights NY Bill That Would Cut Tax Breaks for Replacing Humans With AI

Should we ban AI from the film industry?

  • 98.2k

    Need a "maybe" on this one. The film industry should be free to run its industry as they see fit BUT on their own dime - no tax breaks- and they need to work it out with their unions (actors, writers, etc).

  • 51.3k
    Voted No

    There may be practical uses of AI in the film industry in ways that do not replace human talents, but this is a slippery slope. 

    Scanning actors and using their digital likeness to avoid paying them is anti-worker and greedy, and that cannot be allowed. 

    It's time for the government to work with industries to write guidelines for how to use AI safely in a way that preserves human dignity, income, health and safety.

  • 13.5k
    Voted Yes

    pay your writers and actors.

  • 27.6k
    Voted No

    • Should we ban AI from the film industry?

    Absolutely Not!

    • Should TV & Movie production companies get "Tax Breaks" for using AI?

    No!  Are you kidding?!

    • Should the AI Industry be monitored and regulated?

    Yes, but wisely not out of foolish fears. 

    • Should certain types of AI Development be subsidized?

    Absolutely, if for the public good like for medical procedure or research, I'd support direct subsidies, Tax Breaks like tax credits, etc.



  • 2,443

    AI should not be allowed to operate in the film or news media.

  • 6,757
    Voted Yes

    I will refuse to watch movies written by Artificially Intelligent programs.  

    Such movies are simply a complicated combination of plagiarised sources previously writtenby living writers.  


    I want real movies written by real writers. 

  • 97
    Voted Yes

    Art is for humans. It is a human expression of the human experience. AI shouldn't take over the entertainment industry. 

  • 136
    Voted No

    AI is great for the film industry because of someone wants to much money don't worry I'll replace you with AI for free and all profit for me. So just realized AI is here to stay and is in every industry in the world already. The AI can write and act just as well if not better than the writer and or actor or actress themselves. So forget about it.

  • 78
    Voted Yes

    AI should be banned in any case where it eliminates an actor from playing the character that would have been played prior to AI. And it certainly should prevent any actors' voice or persona or face being used 

  • 507
    Voted Yes

    Intellectual property comes in many forms, including creative talent. Using technology to in effect deprive intellectual property rights is just another form of electronic theft, as much as hackers who take from others what they have not earned for themselves.

  • 966
    Voted Yes

    I don't see AI as evil, but I am afraid that studios and funders of entertainment will do anything to increase profits and reduce jobs. If AI is merely used to help an artist create, without eliminating a job, then outstanding!

  • 59
    Voted No

    Banning AI is too vague.  AI tools have been used in hollywood for years.  A lot of people have seen the rapid advancement in AI these last view years, but fail to understand AI has been part of our everyday lives for years.  For example, autocorrect is a form of AI.

    I see no reason why using AI should give tax breaks.

  • 865
    Voted No

    As technology develops, A.I. will be part of our lives and industry as well.  People's ability to work and make a living must be enhanced.  Eliminating the tax break makes sense since taxpayer need to pay for education and support for career changes.  Industry and the rich, who benefit from the tech changes, should help support the government who is helping individuals adjust to these changes.

  • 1,229
    Voted No

    Why would they get tax breaks for using AI? No tax breaks for them.

  • 9,086

    For now ban all use of AI until regulations are in place that will fairly protect all parties and prevent disinformation from continuing through it's use.

  • 36
    Voted Yes

    If we don't stop AI now, then regret is surely to come. 

  • 27.6k
    Voted No

    Further thoughts. 

    I don't see how the law would overcome. Certain legal challenges.
    The key is "replace."

    What if the script called for AI Characters from the start?

    I don't have the time to dig into this question regarding Disney:

    For many years LucasFilms / Disney has had three-dimensional appearing cartoons using some likenesses of some actors from the Star Wars films. Are the actors paid for their likenesses? I would imagine some kind of payment.



  • 2,951

    Not an "AI" fan on the grounds that the intelligence is no better than the person who programs it.  One little misstep and all hell can break loose.  It would have to be strictly regulated with stiff punishments for the abuser.  Corporate doesn't need any more tax breaks to enhance their profit margin.  Besides, think of all the job loss which would put more people on the poverty list.

  • 94
    Voted No

    Printing press, cotton gin, steam engine, assembly line, computers, Internet... the list goes on. You cannot stop the march of technology. What machines did to replace meat with mechanical muscle, AI is going to do with our brains. It will eliminate jobs, and there is no getting around that. And we shouldn't try to ban new technology with the film industry, any more than we should ban printing presses or word processors for eliminating scriveners. Sorry, Bartleby; a printed book may be less pretty than a sheaf of hand-lettered scrolls, but it gets the job done. The same will be true of AI-generated content: less nice than painstakingly hand-crafted, but good enough for a high percentage of day to day needs.

    What we can do, and must do, is *regulate*. Production houses should not be allowed to pay someone $100 for an hour's labor, and then use a map of their face and recording of their voice to create infinite AI-generated material based on it. Nor should they be able to dodge paying residuals because "streaming" is somehow different than "broadcasting."

    AI is here and not going anywhere. A ban won't work. Let's get smart about the tech, figure out the effect it's going to have on various industries it touches, and make sure we treat the humans involved with dignity and respect.

  • 854
    Voted No

    Hey people. Remember we are supposed to be a free country and we have a proud history of considering death preferable to loosing liberty. What are you thinking? Everyone dictating everything to everyone through government intervention? Seriously? Ordering the film industry around? Telling artists how they can perform their work? You people should be ashamed.

  • 3,747
    Voted Yes

    I wish there was a MAYBE option here. Like, maybe AI "art" should be available to those who seek it out, but only to those who seek it out. Maybe it should be available for free on certain platforms, but keep it off our movie screens, our TV screens, our radio stations, our library and bookstore shelves. It should be impossible for anyone to make money off AI-created content and it should all come with unavoidable, unignorable warnings that "this was NOT created by a person!"

  • 116
    Voted Yes

    using ai will allow the film imdustry toeliminate most actors and writers.