A Collaboration of 200 Artists including Billie Eilish and Nicki Minaj Speak Out Against AI’s Threat

A group of over 200 musicians, including Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello and other well-known artists, have issued an open letter to the developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology companies. In the letter, they call on these companies to refrain from using AI to infringe upon and devalue the rights of human artists. The letter was released by the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), a non-profit organization that advocates for artists’ rights with support from prominent names in the music industry.

The artists request that digital music platforms and music-based services pledge not to develop or deploy AI music generation technology, content or tools that undermine human artistry or deny fair compensation for their work. They highlight two trends involving the illicit use of songs by AI companies: training and producing AI copycats, and diluting royalty obligations through algorithms. Voice cloning is also mentioned as a threat, as AI can be used to transform songs into ones that sound like a human artist without actually being one. The letter emphasizes that unethical use of generative AI to replace human artists will devalue the entire musical ecosystem for both artists and fans.

Other signatories of the letter include Sam Smith, HYBE, Jon Bon Jovi, Norah Jones, Pearl Jam, REM, Chuck D and Kate Hudson. In October 2023

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