Streaming services pull AI-generated Drake-inspired song, but it’s not clear the musician has a legitimate copyright claim

Legendary American steel driver John Henry tried to outmaneuver the machine, but lost. Today, new technology has overtaken America’s top musicians and soared to the top of the charts, but not with railroads, dropping beats.

Multiple streaming platforms have dropped a new viral, AI-generated song featuring vocals reminiscent of the respective styles of Drake and The Weeknd.

The musician and his parent label Universal Music Group appear to have succeeded in silencing the track, though it’s not clear whether they have legitimate copyright claims or the right to do so. songs incorporated celebrity look-alikes generated by AI and contained copyrighted borrowed instruments, lyrics, or other components, making them the subject of complaints and removals. It was easy.

For example, Rihanna’s voice was imitated in a variant version of Beyoncé’s hit “Cuff It.” Even if Rihanna proved unable to take legal action, Beyoncé and her label were certainly in a position to do so.

However, the 2:14 song that made headlines this week is an original song.

global music business report Although the song is novel in composition and lyrics, it incorporates AI-generated vocals reminiscent of the voices of Drake and The Weeknd, whose real names are Aubrey Drake Graham and Abel McConnen Tesfaye.

ABI Research analyst Michael Inouye told CNN:

Robert Nixon, entrepreneur and designer Erna Aidemonstrated in a recent Twitter video how easy it was to emulate celebrity voices with AI.

UMG complained and managed to almost completely remove Ghostwriter977’s songs from the internet.

It was removed from streaming platforms Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Tidal, Deezer and TikTok this week.according to Axios, the song received over 600,000 plays on Spotify and 275,000 plays on YouTube before being taken down on their respective platforms. In all, it was reportedly streamed over 15 million times.

UMG said: statement Its success is due in part to embracing new technology and leveraging it for artists. This is something we have been doing for some time already with our own innovations in AI. ”

“But having said that, training generative AI with an artist’s music (which means both a breach of contract and a violation of copyright law) and infringements made with generative AI on DSPs. The availability of content is a question of which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: the side of artists, fans, human creative expression, or the deepfakes, frauds, and legitimacy of artists. side of the denial of compensation.

Axios is emphasized Whether the product is sonic or visual, its generative AI is a “legal minefield,” especially in this case where Drake and The Weeknd aren’t writing or singing songs.

There is currently a lawsuit addressing the issue of AI systems that use copyrighted works as input.

For example, Getty Images filed a lawsuit against AI art generator Stable Diffusion in January, alleging that the company copied 12 million images “without permission or compensation” to train its AI models. bottom. report Verge.
Getty said statement“Getty Images believes that Stability AI’s unlawful copying and processing of the millions of copyrighted images and associated metadata owned or represented by Getty Images will benefit Stability AI’s commercial interests. It’s Getty Images’ position that it did so without a license that brought about the content and put content creators at a disadvantage.”

The outcome of such lawsuits could set a precedent that could be applied to the release of songs like Ghostwriter977. In this song, potentially copyrighted content helped train an AI model to create a new product.

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