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Top musicians among hundreds warning against replacing human artists with AI

AI in Entertainment
Thought Leader: Sara Fischer
April 2, 2024
Source: AXIOS
Written by: Sara Fischer

More than 200 musical artists — including heavy hitters such as Billie Eilish, Katy Perry and Smokey Robinson — have penned an open letter to AI developers, tech firms and digital platforms to “cease the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to infringe upon and devalue the rights of human artists.”

Why it matters: It’s one of the strongest positions the music industry has collectively taken to advocate for artists in the AI era.

Between the lines: Unlike other advocacy efforts from creators around AI, this letter specifically addresses tech firms about the concerns of musical artists, such as replicating artist’s voices, using their work to train AI models without compensation and diluting royalty pools that are paid out to artists.

Details: The letter, penned by dozens of well-known musicians within ARA, specifically calls on tech firms and AI developers to stop the “predatory use of AI to steal professional artists’ voices and likenesses, violate creators’ rights, and destroy the music ecosystem.”

“We call on all AI developers, technology companies, platforms and digital music services to pledge that they will not develop or deploy AI music- generation technology, content or tools that undermine or replace the human artistry of songwriters and artists or deny us fair compensation for our work,” the letter reads.

The big picture: The music industry is starting to back bills that would protect their work from AI copyright issues, but those efforts are mostly targeted to lawmakers.

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