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UK Music Chief Outlines AI Copyright Concerns In Bloomberg Web Series

UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl spoke to Bloomberg about artificial intelligence copyright issues, as part of their AI IRL web series.

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07.12.2023: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl spoke to Bloomberg about artificial intelligence copyright issues, as part of their AI IRL web series.

Presented by Nate Lanxon and Jackie Davalos, the series looks at AI and how it may change our lives, which each episode covering a different topic.

The latest episode, The Sound of AI Music, takes a special look at the issues around AI and the music industry.

Tom discusses the proposed copyright exemption for text and data mining in the training of AI that UK Music successfully campaigned against.

Tom said: “The Government was proposing last year to enable people to use copyright-protected content for AI purposes without the permission for licensing. What the proposal would have done would have been to say you can train AI on copyright-protected music but without permission being needed and so that compensation is not there.”

He also highlighted issues around record keeping:

“One of our key recommendations was around transparency and making sure that the AI firms keep records, so we actually get that data for us to know what’s being fed in and the right people can be compensated.”

He went on to discuss labelling:

“One of the things we’ve been arguing for is labelling, and making sure from a sectorial point of view that it’s quite clear to consumers whether something has been created with AI.”

He also mentioned personality rights:

“Personality rights are not as strong in the UK as they are in some other parts of the world, so one of the arguments we’ve been talking about with the UK Government is to see if we can strengthen them.”

The episode also features CTO of AI-company Infinite Album, Ryan Groves.

Watch the episode below.

Watch more episodes in the series here.

Find out more about UK Music’s asks to Government on AI in our Manifesto for Music

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