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AI ‘fake Drake’ track deleted on Spotify, YouTube, TikTok after Universal Music Group copyright claim
April 21, 2023
As MBW reported yesterday, the recorded music world was taken by storm over the past few days with the release of several AI-generated music productions that spoofed the vocals of superstar artists Drake, The Weeknd and Rihanna.
At the center of the storm was an apparently original composition called heart on my sleeve, which featured an AI-generated Drake on vocals, accompanied by an equally AI-generated The Weeknd.
The fierce interest in the AI-generated track yesterday prompted a statement response from UMG, with which both Drake and The Weeknd’s recorded music are affiliated.
“UMG’s success has been, in part, due to embracing new technology and putting it to work for our artists – as we have been doing with our own innovation around AI for some time already,” a UMG spokesperson told MBW.
“With that said, however, the training of generative AI using our artists’ music (which represents both a breach of our agreements and a violation of copyright law) as well as the availability of infringing content created with generative AI on DSPs, begs the question as to which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: the side of artists, fans and human creative expression, or on the side of deep fakes, fraud and denying artists their due compensation.
“These instances demonstrate why platforms have a fundamental legal and ethical responsibility to prevent the use of their services in ways that harm artists.
“We’re encouraged by the engagement of our platform partners on these issues–as they recognize they need to be part of the solution.”
Prior to heart on my sleeve, UMG had taken the lead in the fight against unauthorized AI-generated music.
In an email the company sent to streaming services, seen by the Financial Times, UMG asserted that “we will not hesitate to take steps to protect our rights and those of our artists.”
An unnamed “person familiar with the matter” told FT that UMG had been issuing takedown notices “left and right” against AI-generated tracks.