The music producer Universal Music Group (UMG)one of the most important, has sent a letter to Apple Music, Spotify and others music streaming platformsso that block the AI generated musicbecause they consider that violates your copyright. If they don’t, they will be sued.
artificial intelligence generative creates new content, but from a legal point of view, are based on something already existing. And the owners of those rights are not going to ignore it.
According to the Financial Timesvia 9to5Macthe record company Universal Music Group has sent a letter to Apple MusicSpotify, and the rest of music streaming platformsin which he asks them to block all the AI Generated Music, Or they will end up in court.
AI and the controversy with copyright
“We have learned that certain AI systems may have been trained on copyrighted content without obtaining the necessary consents from, or paying compensation for, the rights holders who own or produce the content. We will not hesitate to take action to protect our rights and those of our artists.”says the letter.
umg owns approximately 30% royalties from major music artists, including global icons like Taylor Swift.
In recent months the streaming platforms have been inundated with thousands of AI-generated songs, most of them covers. There are even YouTube channels focused on AI generated covers.
Similar to ChatGPT, which generates text from a sentence, or MidJourney, which generates images, music-based AIs as MusicLM, create music from text.
You can ask something like “Compose a song whose lyrics are like Taylor Swift’s, but whose voice is in the style of Rosalía, with the rhythm of Joaquín Sabina.”
The AI generates a song inspired by those artists, possibly 100% original. The problem is that all AIs have been trained with thousands of data that are protected by copyright.
In the case of musical AIwith commercial music that has a copyright. You can’t create music that sounds like Taylor Swift, if you haven’t listened to all of Taylor Swift’s songs, to extract the pattern from it.
The record labelsas well as the holders of the rights of the image banks or the texts used to train the different AIs, They demand payment for using them.. Otherwise, they will take the creators of the AIs to court, as is already happening.
The musical productions have asked Apple Music, Spotify and others, that block AI generated music. Surely they will not hesitate to do so. At the end of the day, your business depends on the record labels. But the problem has only just begun…