The Art of AI: Protecting Artists’ Rights in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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

On Tuesday, more than 200 musical artists, including Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Camila Cabello, published an open letter to developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology companies. In the letter, they urged the 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 called 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 highlighted two concerning trends related to the unauthorized use of musical works by AI companies: the creation of AI-generated music that mimics human artists, and the dilution of royalty obligations through the use of AI algorithms. They also expressed concerns about the use of AI for voice cloning, which can transform vocal samples into songs that sound like human artists without their involvement.

Signatories of the letter include 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. The cultural sector has also seen tensions around the use of AI, with Hollywood actors initiating a strike to demand regulations on AI use, which they perceive as an existential threat.

The letter from the artists underscores the importance of protecting the rights and artistry of human creators in the face of advancing technology. It 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.

Over 200 musical artists have signed an open letter urging developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology companies to refrain from using AI in ways that undermine their rights. The letter calls on digital music platforms and services to commit not developing or deploying any AI-generated music technology that devalues songwriters’ artistry or denies them fair compensation.

The artists pointed out two concerning trends related to unauthorized use by AI companies: mimicking human artists with generated music and diluting royalty obligations through algorithmic usage.

The signatories include Sam Smith, HYBE, Jon Bon Jovi among others who are concerned about voice cloning’s potential impact on human creators.

This follows a lawsuit filed by major music publishers against an AI company over copyright infringement related to lyrics.

Hollywood actors initiated a strike demanding regulations on AI use due to perceived threats from this emerging technology.

The artist rights alliance (ARA) shared this open letter emphasizing protecting creators’ rights while adapting to technological advancements.

It serves as a call for action for both industries prioritizing ethical practices in developing/deploying new technologies while ensuring fair compensation for creators’ artistry.

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