AI Generated Music Being Labeled as Fraud

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Cole Blubaum

At the rise of AI, there comes the spread of AI generated music. Most popularized on TikTok, it has become a trend to post AI generated videos of well-known artists singing other songs. From Nicki Minaj to Ariana Grande, a variety of fraudulent music seems to be surfacing the internet. This has led to unhappy artists as well as labels and companies.

In particular, Universal Music Group appears to have taken quite a blow. Representing artists like Minaj and Grande, as well as The Weeknd and Sting, they are in the extreme heat of this conundrum. The label recently sent letters to high end streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music regarding AI. UMC told CNN,” The company has a moral and commercial responsibility to our artists to work to prevent the unauthorized use of their music and to stop platforms from ingesting content that violates the rights of artists and other creators”. The main goal of UMC’s involvement is to restrict AI from causing any bible harm to the music industry in the future. 

It was stated that there are little to no limitations regarding what powers AI bring to the table. Circling back to copyright issues, it was referred to as a case by case situation. Regardless, Ai seems to be taking over creative industries, and it is unknown when this will come to an end. Spotify or apple music has yet to respond to the concerns expressed by UMC.