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Record labels in the U.S. file lawsuits against AI music generators for copyright violations

Major Record Labels Sue AI Music-Making Companies Suno and Udio for Copyright Infringement

The music industry is facing a new challenge as the world’s biggest record labels, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, have joined forces to take legal action against two prominent AI music-making companies, Suno and Udio-maker Uncharted Labs. These companies recently released AI programs that allow users to generate songs from text prompts, a technology that is raising legal and ethical questions within the industry.

The lawsuits, filed by the Recording Industry Association of America in U.S. federal courts, allege that Suno and Udio have copied decades worth of copyrighted sound recordings to train their AI models. The music labels argue that the AI companies have been evasive about their training data and are exploiting artists’ work without consent or compensation.

AI music programs have already made waves in the industry, with instances like Metro Boomin reportedly creating a viral diss track using Udio without being aware of it. Drake also faced backlash for a diss track that appeared to use AI to mimic Tupac’s voice, leading to legal threats from the late rapper’s estate.

This legal action is part of a broader trend in the music industry to protect artists’ work from unauthorized use by AI technologies. Sony Music Group recently issued warnings to companies not to train AI models on their content without permission, while other music publishers have taken legal action against AI startups for infringement of copyrighted material.

The lawsuits against Suno and Udio seek to declare their infringement of copyrighted sound recordings, obtain injunctions preventing future infringement, and seek damages for any infringements that have already occurred. According to RIAA Chief Legal Officer Ken Doroshow, these legal actions are necessary to uphold the rules for ethical development of generative AI systems and to put an end to Suno and Udio’s infringement.

As the music industry continues to grapple with the impact of AI on artistic creation and intellectual property rights, these lawsuits mark a significant step towards establishing boundaries for the responsible use of AI technologies in music production.

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