Convened by UK Music’s Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl, representatives from UK Music members PPL, PRS, BPI, AIM, MMF, MPG, AIM, MU and Ivors Academy explained to the Prime Minister’s team a number of concerns of the sector.
The concerns included the importance of upholding creators’ choice in how their rights are used, the potential to introduce new rights around personality to protect artists and performers in relation to AI, the need for AI companies to maintain records of the creative works they use to train their systems on and requirements for labelling to help identify and distinguish AI generated works from human creativity.
The government recently took the welcome step of abandoning plans to enable AI companies to use copyright protected works without the permission of creators and rightsholders.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has subsequently embarked on a series of roundtables between AI developers and copyright dependent sectors to consider the merits of a code of conduct. Last week, UK Music welcomed the publication of two new Parliamentary Committee reports (Connected Tech: AI and Creative Technology and Governance of artificial intelligence (AI) which supported our calls for existing creators rights to be enforced in relation to AI.
Attending the meeting in Downing Street were Tom Kiehl (Interim Chief Executive, UK Music), Florian Koempel (Legal Adviser, UK Music), Ali Condon (Head of Policy and Public Affairs, PRS for Music), Annabella Coldrick (CEO, Music Managers Forum), Paul Clements (CEO, Music Publishers Association), Mark Douglas (Chief Information Officer, PPL), Silvia Montello (CEO, Association of Independent Music), Julia Montero (Deputy Chair, Ivors Academy), Naomi Pohl (General Secretary, Musicians’ Union), Matt Taylor (Executive Director, Music Producers Guild) and Sophie Jones (Chief Strategy Officer, BPI).
The meeting took place as the Government plans to stage the first AI Safety Summit in Bletchley Park in November.