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UK Music Chief Renews Warning Over AI As Billie Eilish Leads Chorus Against “Predatory” Use Of Music

03.04.2024: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has renewed his warning over the use of Artificial Intelligence in music after Billie Eilish led a host of stars speaking out over the "predatory" use of music. 

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03.04.2024: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has renewed his warning over the use of generative artificial intelligence in music after Billie Eilish led a host of stars speaking out over the “predatory” use of music. 

Billie Eilish, Kate Perry, Nicki Minaj, Zayn Malik, The Last Dinner Party and Yard Act joined a diverse array of around 200 artists and songwriters who signed an open letter calling for the “predatory” use of AI in the music industry to be stopped.

They warned in the letter on Medium that AI “will set in motion a race to the bottom” if left unchecked and called for fair compensation for the use of their music.  You can read the full letter here.

They called on tech firms to pledge not to develop AI music-generation tools “that undermine or replace the human artistry of songwriters and artists, or deny us fair compensation for our work”.

Responding to the letter, UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl told the BBC:

“This amounts to music laundering and any companies engaged in these practices must stop and take a more responsible approach to our music industry,” he said.

“Ensuring artists have given their consent and receive appropriate credit and compensation for the use of their work on AI systems must be the foundation to a more responsible approach.”

You can read the full BBC story here.

UK Music has undertaken extensive consultation with its members from across the music industry and leading thinkers on artificial intelligence to develop a position paper.

You can read our five key principles on AI here.

You can find out more about our Government asks here

Tom spoke to Times Radio about AI. You can listen here (Scroll in to 01.28.10).

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