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Artificial intelligence threatens music industry and will take away human jobs, record label warns

ARTIFICIAL intelligence threatens the music industry, harms American artists and could kill human jobs, the Recording Industry Association of America has warned.

In early October, the RIAA released a review of notorious marketplaces to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, outlining a list of online marketplaces it considers to cause “significant harm to the U.S. music industry” through copyright infringement. ‘author.


Artificial intelligence is threatening the music industry, the Recording Industry Association of America warnedCredit: Getty
The RIAA accuses several AI music platforms of copyright violations


The RIAA accuses several AI music platforms of copyright violationsCredit: AFP

In their review, first reported by Torrent Freak, the record association described several torrent websites, stream grabbing sites, music download platforms and cyberlockers as active members of the threat.

Most notably though, the RIAA pointed out that artificial intelligence-based “extractors/blenders” were also harmful to the industry.

“There are online services which, allegedly using artificial intelligence (AI), extract or rather copy vocals, instrumentals or part of instrumentals (extracted music) from a sound recording, and/or generate, master or remix a recording to sound very similar or nearly as good as reference tracks from selected, well-known sound recording artists,” the RIAA wrote.

“To the extent that 13 such services, or their partners, train their AI models using our members’ music, such use is unauthorized and infringes the rights of our members by making unauthorized copies of the works of our members.”

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“In any event, the files these services stream are either unauthorized copies or unauthorized derivative works of our members’ music.”

The services reported by the RIAA are:

  • Acapella-extractor
  • Delete vocals
  • master of song

Specifically, the RIAA challenges the platform’s use of “unauthorized copies” of vocal or instrumental recordings.

The Oct. 7 report calls for the services to be added to the 2022 Notorious Marketplaces list, saying they “engage in unlicensed reproduction, creation of derivative works, streaming and/or distribution/downloading or other unauthorized dissemination of sound recordings that materially damage the rights of US companies, and/or also engage in circumvention activities that violate 17 USC § 1201.”

The RIAA pointed out that these services “harm American artists, songwriters, record labels and music publishers” through reported copyright infringement and “artificially distort the market value of music, thereby reducing the remuneration of the creators and owners of the licensed services.”

In the report, the recording association also pointed to a 2021 report from the Department of Professional Employees which claimed that digital theft – such as illegal downloads and streaming – cost at least 290,000 jobs and $29 billion in loss. of revenue per year “in the film and television industry alone.”

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The use of artificial intelligence in the creative industries has received mixed reviews from professionals in the field, as many are concerned about their work.

“Why are we going to pay $1,000 to an artist when we can get 1,000? [images] choose for free? professional artist Danger told CNN last week. “People are cheap.”