A Collaboration of 200 Artists including Billie Eilish and Nicki Minaj Speak Out Against AI’s Threat

More than 200 musical artists, including Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello and others came together to release an open letter on Tuesday. The letter urged developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology companies to refrain from using AI to infringe upon and devalue the rights of human artists. The Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), a non-profit organization that advocates for artists’ rights, shared the letter with support from well-known names in the music industry.

The artists expressed their concerns about two trends involving the illicit use of songs by AI companies: training and producing AI copycats, and diluting royalty obligations through the use of algorithms. Voice cloning was also mentioned as a threat, as AI technology can be used to transform songs into ones that sound like a human artist without actually being one. The letter emphasized that the unethical use of generative AI to replace human artists will devalue the entire musical ecosystem for both artists and fans.

Other signatories of the letter include Sam Smith, HYBE, Jon Bon Jovi, Norah Jones, Pearl Jam, REM, Chuck D, and Kate Hudson. In October 2023

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