Thursday 4 April 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) destroying copyright and artists' royalty payments?

This is another example of how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in a way which is bad for humanity generally but good for unscrupulous businesses who've jumped on the bandwagon of making easy profits with AI doing all the heavy lifting. Note: this is not to say that AI in general can and should be beneficial to humanity.

I have just written about AI being used to select people to kill! Yes, an AI computer called Lavender was and is being used by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to select low-level Hamas operatives (so-called) living in family homes in Gaza. On the information provided by this computer the IDF bombed and shelled these homes killing up to 20 innocent civilians at a time in what they consider to be justified collateral damage. In all over 30k innocent Gazans have been killed in this away allegedly. The world is in uproar about it. Click this to read more.

Artificial intelligence (AI) destroying copyright and artist royalty payments?
Created by AI.

And now singers are complaining bitterly about AI creating songs on the back of their work. Yes, it is alleged that AI computers have been programmed to learn from human-created songs from which information the computer then creates new work. It is all computer generated and in great quantities such that the original works are drowned out by the AI music.
The genie is out of the bottle. You can stop this development. AI will march on and dominant no matter how much people complain - Michael
The singers and songwriters are claiming that their intellectual property rights are being dramatically infringed and that they are losing lots of money at the same time.

I am told that some AI-powered music creation apps have attempted to upload thousands of songs onto platforms such a Spotify.
"For many working musicians, artists and songwriters who are just trying to make ends meet this would be catastrophic" - 200 artists complain about AI
Michael Nash an executive with Universal Music Group claimed that AI models are being trained "on vast quantities of copyrighted content and they are not providing compensation to the people who produce that indispensable source material."

An alliance of musicians are protesting about the sabotaging of creativity by AI developers and music platforms.

The allege that companies are trying to replace "the work of human artists with massive quantities of AI-created sounds and images [which] would substantially dilute the royalty pools."

They added that "unchecked AI will set in motion a race to the bottom that will degrade the value of our work and prevent us from being fairly compensated for it."

Further, almost all the creative industries are negatively affected by AI. There have been similar fears about AI generating scripts for films.

I use AI to write fictional stories sometimes. They are great. AI can be very creative. Far more so than me. But this story is very troubling.

I will also affect photographers massively. You don't need to use images created by a photographer of cats! Yes, I can get cats into this story. Bing's co-pilot can create incredibly impressive images in seconds to your written command. Look at the picture on this page.

For this picture I asked co-pilot to "create an image of an AI computer creating music in a beautiful, modern laboratory setting."


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

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