200 Artists, including Billie Eilish and Nicki Minaj, speak out against the dangers of AI

AI in Music: Artists Urge Companies to Protect Artistry and Fair Compensation

Artists from various genres, including Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello and over 200 others, have signed an open letter urging developers of AI and technology companies to refrain from using AI in ways that undermine the rights of human artists. The letter was shared by the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) and calls on digital music platforms and services to commit to not developing or deploying AI music generation technology that devalues the artistry of songwriters and artists or denies them fair compensation.

The artists have raised two concerns about the unauthorized use of musical works by AI companies. Firstly, they are concerned about the creation of AI-generated music that mimics human artists’ style and sound. Secondly, they worry about the dilution of royalty obligations through the use of AI algorithms that can generate music without human involvement. Additionally, there are concerns about the use of AI for voice cloning, which can transform vocal samples into songs that sound like human artists without their involvement.

The signatories include notable names such as Sam Smith, HYBE, Jon Bon Jovi, Norah Jones, Pearl Jam, REM, Chuck D and Kate Hudson. The letter follows a lawsuit filed by major music publishers against an AI company for copyright infringement related to song lyrics. This case has sparked tensions around the use of AI in Hollywood with actors demanding regulations on its use due to concerns it poses as an existential threat to their profession.

The letter serves as a call to action for the music industry and technology companies to prioritize fair compensation and ethical practices in the development and deployment of AI technology while protecting the rights and artistry of human creators.

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