AI-generated drama performance cancelled over plagiarism accusations

Occurred: March 2024

An event in Tokyo at which voice actors were to perform an AI-generated romantic drama script was cancelled over plagiarism accusations.

Lol, the event organiser subcontracted creation of the script to a creator that explicitly used a number of AI tools, including the GPT-4 large language model, to automatically generate a script for a romantic drama. The stated concept behind the performance was to have voice actors perform the AI generated work “regardless of any unnatural content or plot points”.

However, critics argued many of the AI tools used to generate the script had been trained on copyrighted works, including scripts, without permission. They also accused  Lol of unethically creating a commercial event without considering rights holders. 

The event was cancelled four days before the premiere due to the backlash. The production company acknowledged their failure to explain their intentions sufficiently .

Operator: Lol Production Company

Developer: OpenAI

Country: Japan

Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts

Purpose: Generate scripts

Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning

Issue: Copyright

Transparency: Governance 

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