Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj Among 200 Artists Fighting ‘Catastrophic’ Use of AI in Music

Key Points:

  • Request to stop devaluing artists’ work in the music industry by AI
  • Concern over irresponsible AI uses that sabotage creativity
  • Warning of AI causing a race to the bottom and degrading the value of artists’ work

Summary:

The Artist Rights Alliance, comprising hundreds of prominent musicians and songwriters like Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, and Pearl Jam, is demanding a cease to the devaluation of artists’ work in the music industry by artificial intelligence (AI). The group is urging AI developers and tech companies to commit to not creating AI music-generation technology that undermines human creativity or denies fair compensation to artists. Notable artists including the estates of Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra have joined in this movement.

 

While recognizing AI’s potential to enhance creativity, the Alliance is concerned about irresponsible AI uses that could harm artists, songwriters, and musicians by degrading the value of their work. The group warns that unchecked AI could lead to a race to the bottom, preventing artists from receiving proper compensation.

 

Some musicians have already experimented with AI technology, such as The Beatles and Guns N’ Roses, using AI for music creation. However, the Alliance emphasizes the need to protect against the predatory use of AI to exploit professional artists’ voices, violate creators’ rights, and disrupt the music industry ecosystem.

 

The push against the negative impacts of AI on artists follows recent Hollywood strikes by the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, who sought to address the use of AI among other issues in their negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The Alliance’s concerns align with the resignation of Ed Newton-Rex from Stability AI over the company’s use of copyrighted material under “fair use,” highlighting broader industry practices regarding generative AI companies.

 

Despite the potential benefits of AI in creativity, the Artist Rights Alliance’s call to action reflects a growing concern within the music industry regarding the impact of AI on artists’ livelihoods.

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