16.06.2023: UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has written a piece for The House magazine, the publication for Parliament, that outline’s some of the music industry’s concerns around generative AI.
He discusses how the industry is already using AI as an assistive tool for things like detecting copyright infringement and predicting consumer trends but that there are serious concern from the industry around a lack of respect towards creators when it comes to copyright in developing datasets.
Jamie said: “The music industry is a highly innovative sector and embraces new technologies…however, too often people are illicitly using music to train AI technologies without any regard to copyright and without the consent of the original music makers. This is fundamentally wrong. If you have created something, then you should have the right to decide how that work is used and by whom.”
He goes on to call for action from the Government to protect creators and rightsholders copyright, as well as ensure an obligation to tech companies for adequate record keeping.
“We need to know exactly what content an AI has been trained on,” explains Jamie.
He also calls for labelling to ensure consumers know what music is AI generated and lastly, that the Government look at the issues around the protection of personality and image rights in the context of AI.
“It’s absolutely critical that as we move forward we develop AI technologies in a way that enhances and enables human artistry rather than eroding it,” Jamie concludes.
You can read the full piece here.
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