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

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Apr 3, 2024

Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, and over 200 other musical artists have published an open letter on Tuesday, urging developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology companies to refrain from using AI in ways that undermine the rights of human artists. The letter, shared by the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), 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 point out 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 express 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.

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