ARTIFICIAL intelligence is threatening the music industry, harming US artists and could take away human jobs, the Recording Industry Association of America has warned.
At the beginning of October, the RIAA issued a review of notorious markets to the Office of the US Trade Representative, outlining a list of online markets it considers to be causing “significant harm to the US music industry” through copyright infringement.
In their review, first reported on by Torrent Freak, the recording association outlined several various torrent websites, stream-ripping sites, music download platforms, and cyberlockers as active members of the threat.
Most notably however, the RIAA highlighted artificial intelligence based “extractors/mixers” as harmful to the industry as well.
“There are online services that, purportedly using artificial intelligence (AI), extract, or rather, copy, the vocals, instrumentals, or some portion of the instrumentals (a music stem) from a sound recording, and/or generate, master or remix a recording to be very similar to or almost as good as reference tracks by selected, well known sound recording artists,” the RIAA wrote.
“To the extent 13 these services, or their partners, are training their AI models using our members’ music, that use is unauthorized and infringes our members’ rights by making unauthorized copies of our members works.”
“In any event, the files these services disseminate are either unauthorized copies or unauthorized derivative works of our members’ music.”
The services the RIAA flagged are:
Specifically, the RIAA is taking issue with the platform’s use of “unauthorized copies” of vocal or instrumental recordings.
The October 7 report requests the services be added in the 2022 Notorious Markets List, claiming they “engage in the unlicensed reproduction, creation of derivative works, streaming, and/or distribution/downloading or other unauthorized dissemination of sound recordings that significantly damage the rights of U.S. companies, and/or also engage in circumvention activities that violate 17 USC § 1201.”
The RIAA emphasized that these services “harm U.S. artists, songwriters, record labels, and music publishing companies” through the reported copyright infringement and “artificially distorting the market value of the music, thereby reducing the compensation to the creators and owners from licensed services.”
Within the report, the recording association also pointed to a 2021 report by the Department for Professional Employees that claimed digital theft – such as illegal downloads and streaming – cost at least 290,000 jobs and $29 billion in lost revenue annually “in the film and television industry alone.”
The use of artificial intelligence in creative industries has received mixed reviews from professionals in the fields, as many worry about their jobs.
“Why are we going to pay an artist $1,000 when we can have 1,000 [images] to pick from for free?” professional artist Danger told CNN last week. “People are cheap.”
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