Musicians Want to Stop AI Generated Music

12428815270?profile=RESIZE_400xHundreds of musicians have joined with the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) to condemn the excessive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the music industry.  As well as they should.  In an open letter organized by campaign group the Artists' Rights Alliance, AI will "infringe upon our rights and devalue the rights of human artists" if used irresponsibly.  American singer Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, Elvis Costello, and UK star Engelbert Humperdinck are among 200 artists calling for the "predatory" use of AI in the music industry to be stopped due to concerns that this AI will replace human artists and ‘substantially dilute’ royalty pools.

They claim that the way artists' work is used to train some AI models and systems was "an assault on human creativity" and warned that it was being used to "violate creators' rights and destroy the music ecosystem."[1]

Tom Kiehl, interim head of the industry association UK Music, shared the concerns of artists who worry their work is being used to train AI without their permission. "This amounts to music laundering, and any companies engaged in these practices must stop and take a more responsible approach to our music industry," he said.  "Ensuring artists have given their consent and receive appropriate credit and compensation for using their work on AI systems must be the foundation to a more responsible approach."

Artists spanning creative disciplines and genres have spoken out about how AI is used in recent months after a song that used AI to mimic the voices of Drake and The Weeknd went viral online.  Other artists have since spoken about it, with Sting saying he believes musicians face "a battle" to defend their work against the rise of songs written by AI. "The building blocks of music belong to us, to human beings," he said.

However, not all musicians oppose developments in or use of AI across the music industry, and electronic artist Grimes and DJ David Guetta are among those backing the use of such AI tools.  Other creative sectors have taken action in response to concerns about AI.

During 2023, thousands of writers signed a letter written by the Authors Guild, which called on the likes of OpenAI, Alphabet and Meta to stop using their work to train AI models without “consent, credit or compensation”.  The New York Times is currently engaged in a high-stakes lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft in a claim that AI chatbots made by these companies, including the popular ChatGPT, are trained on millions of articles published by the US media outlet.

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