One of the biggest labels in the music business, Universal Music Group, is getting more and more worried that artificial intelligence might be taking advantage of its artists. In order to prevent the technology from scraping and training on copyrighted content, UMG has reportedly asked streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to restrict AI’s access to music across platforms.
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UMG is concerned about how AI companies could use music from the label’s artist roster to train their bots to create music, as described in emails obtained by the Financial Times. Because of this, UMG has requested that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music prevent AI from using their services. One of the Big Three music labels is UMG.
As the AI boom continues, there has been a significant surge in AI-generated art, with Adobe’s Firefly, Runway’s Gen-2 and OpenAI’s infamous DALL-E 2 demonstrating just how easy it can be for a computer to create videos and Create images from text. The problem with these generators is their clear tendency to simply lift pre-existing (often copyrighted) material from other sources just to turn it into an “original” work of art. This ethical dilemma came to a head last month when the US Copyright Office declared that AI art can only be copyrighted if a human creator can show that they put in significant effort, reports The Register. AI bots like ChatGPT have little trouble generating text.
While much ground has been laid in the case against AI-generated videos and images, AI-generated music is still an emerging application of the technology. Google has developed an AI that can generate music from a text description – similar to DALL-E 2 – but says it won’t release the bot.
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