The Avengers of Music Have Teamed Up to Fight Artificial Intelligence

Publish Date
Monday, 8 April 2024, 9:47AM

A letter signed by 200 artists not just exclusively Rock Artists such as Pearl Jam, Jon Bon Jovi, T-REX, Greta Van Fleet and R.E.M. but also heavy hitters across the whole industry called on AI developers to change their approach to how music is used with the technology.

Other notable names include New Zealand’s own BENEE, Billie Eilish, the estate of Bob Marley, CAKE, Chuck D, Katy Perry and Zayn Malik (after extensive research we can confirm he’s apparently the first member to leave One Direction)

The strongly-worded statement from the Artist Rights Alliance expressed concerns that the value of human creativity is being devalued by the way art is used to train language models – amounting to an “assault on human creativity.”

The letter proceeded to say “Make no mistake: we believe that, when used responsibly, Al has enormous potential to advance human creativity… in a manner that enables the development and growth of new and exciting experiences for music fans everywhere,” 

It also mentioned “Unfortunately, some platforms and developers are employing Al to sabotage creativity and undermine artists, songwriters, musicians and rights holders.”

The letter went on to say: “When used irresponsibly, Al poses enormous threats to our ability to protect our privacy, our identities, our music and our livelihoods. Some of the biggest and most powerful companies are, without permission, using our work to train Al models. These efforts are directly aimed at replacing the work of human artists with massive quantities of Al-created ‘sounds’ and ‘images’ that substantially dilute the royalty pools that are paid out to artists.

“For many working musicians, artists and songwriters who are just trying to make ends meet, this would be catastrophic.”

We’ll include the full statement and list of artists below. Does the Music Avengers have a ring to it and between them can they find a better Super Bowl Half-Time Artist than Usher?


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