Billie Eilish and Nicki Minaj want to stop ‘predatory’ music AI


  • By Liv McMahon
  • technology reporter

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Billie Eilish and Nicki Minaj are among 200 artists calling for a stop to the “predatory” use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the music industry.

In an open letter also signed by Katy Perry and Frank Sinatra’s estate, they warn that AI will “ignite a race to the bottom” if left unchecked.

“We must guard against the predatory use of AI to steal artists’ voices and portraits,” they said.

They have called on technology companies to commit to not developing AI music generation tools “that undermine or replace the human craft of songwriters and artists, or deny us fair compensation for our work.”

In an open letter organized by the campaign group Artists’ Rights Alliance and published on a long-form writing site Mediumartists say AI will “infringe on our rights and devalue the rights of human artists” if used irresponsibly.

They said the way artists’ work is being used to train some AI models and systems was “an assault on human creativity” and warned it was being used to “violate creators’ rights and destroy the music ecosystem.” “.

Tom Kiehl, acting director of industry association UK Music, said he shared the concerns of artists who fear their work will be used to train AI without their permission.

“This amounts to music laundering and any company involved in these practices must stop and take a more responsible approach towards our music industry,” he said.

“Ensuring that artists have given consent and receive appropriate credit and compensation for the use of their work in AI systems must be the foundation of a more responsible approach.”

The artists speak

Artists spanning creative disciplines and genres have spoken out about how AI is used in recent months, after a song that used AI to imitate the voices of Drake and The Weeknd went viral online.

Drake expressed his disapproval of the song that sounded a lot like him, but was actually generated using AI voice cloning tools, and appeared on Spotify and Apple Music before being abruptly removed.

Other artists have since spoken out, with Sting telling the BBC that he believes musicians face “a battle” to defend their work against the rise of songs written by AI.

“The basic components of music belong to us, to human beings,” he said.

But not all musicians are opposed to the development or use of AI in the music industry, and electronic artist Grimes and DJ David Guetta are among those who support the use of such AI tools.

The BBC has contacted Google, owner of YouTube, for comment.

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