In a recent move to tighten regulations on artificial intelligence (AI) development, China has proposed new rules that may impact the music industry.
This comes amidst Universal Music Group’s crackdown on AI-generated music plagiarism. According to Universal, AI-generated music is a threat to the creative integrity of the industry. “Our goal is to protect the value of original music and ensure that artists are fairly compensated for their work,” said a spokesperson for the company.
The music company is also said to have reached out to streaming services previously: “We have become aware that certain AI systems might have been trained on copyrighted content without obtaining the required consents from, or paying compensation to, the rights-holders who own or produce the content”.
Meanwhile, in China, the government is proposing new regulations to restrict the development of artificial intelligence. Under the proposed rules, companies would be required to obtain government approval before developing AI technology that could be used to create or distribute music.
The move is part of a broader effort by the Chinese government to regulate the development of new technologies that could be used to undermine national security or social stability. Critics have accused the government of using these regulations to stifle innovation and limit the freedom of the tech industry.
Meanwhile, Universal Music Group has been aggressively pursuing legal action against AI-generated music that infringes on their copyrights.
The music industry giant has partnered with tech companies to develop tools that can detect plagiarism and has already filed lawsuits against AI-generated music that copies its artists’ work.
The rise of AI-generated music has caused concern among artists, industry professionals, and copyright holders. While the technology has the potential to revolutionize the music industry, it also poses a threat to the creative process and the protection of intellectual property.