Record Companies Sue AI Song-Generators for Copyright Infringement

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Record Companies Sue AI Song-Generators for Copyright Infringement

Big record companies are taking legal action against Suno and Udio, AI music startups accused of copyright infringement by allegedly exploiting the recorded works of artists ranging from Chuck Berry to Mariah Carey. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed that Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Records are among the labels involved in the lawsuits filed in federal courts in Boston and New York.

Suno AI, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, argues that their technology generates new content rather than replicating existing works, emphasizing that users are not allowed to reference specific artists. The CEO of Suno AI, Mikey Shulman, expressed disappointment that attempts to engage in a constructive dialogue with the labels were met with legal action instead of cooperation. Meanwhile, RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier condemned the unauthorized use of artists' works by AI services like Suno and Udio, stating that such actions hinder the progress of innovative AI development in the music industry.

Discussions surrounding AI in music production have ignited debates on the creative potential of the technology and concerns regarding its legal implications. Tennessee passed legislation to safeguard songwriters and performers from potential AI-related threats, ensuring that AI tools cannot replicate an artist's voice without consent. Additionally, over 200 artists joined forces in an open letter facilitated by the Artist Rights Alliance, urging AI tech companies to refrain from infringing on the rights of human artists and devaluing their creative works.