Billie Eilish and Other Musicians Call for AI Use Protection in Music Industry

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  • April 4, 2024
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Over 200 musicians spanning generations and genres, have united to voice their concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in the music industry. High-profile artists such as Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Wonder, and the estates of Frank Sinatra and Bob Marley have signed an open letter demanding protections against AI that could mimic their voices, styles, and likenesses.

“This assault on human creativity must be stopped. We must protect against the predatory use of AI to steal professional artists’ voices and likenesses, violate creators’ rights, and destroy the music ecosystem,” the letter states.

 

The letter, orchestrated by the Artist Rights Alliance, calls on technology firms to commit to not developing AI tools that could potentially replace human artists. Highlighting the urgent need to safeguard human creativity, the letter states, “This assault on human creativity must be stopped.”

While the letter does not seek a complete ban on AI in music, acknowledging the technology’s potential benefits, it underscores the ethical and legal dilemmas of generative AI.

Recent years have seen innovative uses of AI in music production, including the creation of a “new” Beatles song using John Lennon’s isolated vocals from an old demo.

However, people are criticizing:

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This collective action signals a wider industry pushback against generative AI’s implications for copyright infringement, labor rights, and the overall integrity of the music ecosystem. Artist unions and advocacy groups have been vocal in urging for regulation and responsible use of AI technologies.

Although people are raising some concerns:

The controversy over AI’s role in the entertainment industry was highlighted by the production of non-consensual AI-generated imagery and the misuse of deepfakes. Such concerns have led to legislative responses, including Tennessee’s recent enactment of the “Elvis Act,” which prohibits the commercial use of an artist’s vocal likeness without consent, a first in the U.S.

However, some people seemed to be fine with AI and music integration:

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The signatories, which include a mix of country stars, rappers, and indie pop artists, underscore the pressing issue of unauthorized use of artists’ works to train AI models. These practices, the letter argues, aim to replace human artists with AI-generated content, thereby undermining artists’ earnings and rights.

As AI technology becomes increasingly accessible and prevalent, the music industry is at a crossroads, with artists and creators defining their stance on AI’s ethical use. This movement reflects a broader debate on AI’s role in creativity and the importance of protecting the rights and livelihoods of human artists.

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