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UK Music Supports MPs’ Call For AI Action Plan To Protect Creative Industries

11.01.2024: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has supported a call from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for a plan of action on AI to protect creators' copyright.

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11.01.2024: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has supported a call from the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee for a plan of action on AI to protect creators’ copyright.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published the Government response to its second report on connected technology, which highlighted concerns from across the creative industries about allowing the developers of AI to mine private intellectual property for profit without sharing with the original creators.

The response confirms that the Government is no longer proceeding with its original proposal for a broad copyright exception for text and data mining.

It adds that a more detailed response to the Committee’s recommendations will come with the Government’s response to the AI Regulation white paper and the publication of the Cultural Education Plan, which is due in ‘the coming months’.

UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl:

“We welcome the Government view that not supplanting musicians’ work is “vitally important”, but they need to go further and uphold the principle of consent for permission to use music as part of artificial intelligence.

“The Government is also silent on important recommendations from CMS Committee on transparency from AI firms.

“This is a missed opportunity to reassure musicians, songwriters, producers and music companies how they can seek redress if their work is wrongfully used.”

Dame Caroline Dinenage MP, Chair of the CMS Committee, said:

“We are pleased to see the Government commit to developing a Code of Practice on Copyright and AI and to exploring stronger legal protections for creators whose likenesses are misused by generative AI.

“However, without a definitive plan of action, we are concerned that AI will continue to pose a threat to creators’ intellectual property.

The Government must move quickly to show it is serious about the issue and rebuild trust with the creative industries.”

The CMS report and Government response can be found here. 

UK Music’s AI position can be found here

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