Digital Replicas, a Fear of Striking Actors, Already Fill Screens – The technology for morphing flesh-and-blood performers into virtual avatars has been improving for years. Now it has become an issue in the actors’ strike.

Summary: The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is concerned that Hollywood studios’ proposals could allow them to use digital replicas of actors in various contexts without extra compensation. The union fears that without clear limits, actors’ voices, likenesses, and movements could be scanned and used in different projects, and the actors would have no control or compensation for this use. This issue has become a significant point of contention in the ongoing strike by the actors’ union.

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