Amid rising concerns about the effects of AI-generated music on copyright and artist integrity, Google and Universal Music are engaging in discussions to responsibly tackle these challenges.
AI’s Ongoing Threat to Artistic Authenticity
The rise of deepfake technology and AI presents an escalating danger to the music and entertainment industries. This phenomenon is particularly noticeable on platforms such as TikTok, where users create generative AI versions of songs. However, this trend raises substantial intellectual property concerns as these adaptations often lack the authentic voices of the original artists.
Universal Music has taken a proactive approach by reaching out to streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple, urging them to prevent unauthorized AI services from utilizing songs. With a significant presence in the global music market, the company is advocating for the protection of its artists’ work and intellectual property.
Confronting AI’s Dark Potential
Deepfakes have a dark history of being used for spreading misinformation, tarnishing reputations, and assisting criminal activities. Philipp Pointner from Jumio has raised concerns about the significant number of global consumers who are aware of the potential of AI in creating deceptive audio deepfakes. These manipulated audio recordings are often designed to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information or providing financial support. Despite this growing awareness, deepfake scams managed to exploit victims in the US, resulting in more than $11 million in losses in 2022.
Google’s Role in AI Transformation
Google, a leader in North American AI development, offers a wide range of AI and machine learning products. These include generative AI, data science, and responsible AI systems.
Google introduced MusicLM in January 2023, an experimental AI tool that transforms text descriptions into musical compositions, empowering musicians in their creative expressions. By collaborating with artists and conducting workshops, Google aims to harness the potential of AI to enhance the creative process while mitigating associated risks.
By joining forces, this collaborative effort has the potential to combat digital fraud through the implementation of AI. By partnering with Universal Music, Google could pave the way for a future where AI enhances, rather than hinders, artistic creation in the digital world.
As AI continues to permeate every aspect of our lives, the debate over regulations intensifies. While the potential seems limitless, it is crucial to prioritize protecting against fraudulent or fabricated media.
According to The Financial Times’ report, neither company has immediate intentions to launch any products arising from their collaboration.