Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and other musicians sign open letter against irresponsible AI music generators

A group of 200 musicians have petitioned tech companies for undermining human creativity with AI music generation tools.

The open, letter undersigned by artists such as Billie Eilish, Chappell Roan, Elvis Costello, Greta Van Fleet, Imagine Dragons, Jon Bon Jovi, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Mac DeMarco, Miranda Lambert, Nicki Minaj, Zayn Malik and others, faulted the irresponsible use of AI and the threat it poses to artists’ identities and livelihood.

The open letter also faulted AI firms using works of artists to train AI models without permission.

Existing AI music generation models function by being trained on massive datasets of existing work. Worsening the situation is AI’s ability to make convincing deepfakes of popular artists.

AI music generators could also negatively impact artists who make scores for TV commercials, or other beats that an artist might license for their work.

Authors have also taken a stand against the rise of generative AI. In July, over 15,000 writers — including James Patterson, Michael Chabon, Suzanne Collins, Roxane Gay and others — signed a similar open letter, addressed to the CEOs of OpenAI, Alphabet, Meta, Stability AI, IBM and Microsoft.

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