Sony Music is taking action, against AI companies using its content without permission. The record label, known for artists like Billy Joel, Doja Cat and Lil Nas X has sent warnings to 700 tech firms.

Sony Music has sent warnings to than 700 tech companies and streaming platforms about the unauthorized use of its content. According to a letter obtained by Bloomberg Sony Music is cracking down on the use of its copyrighted material in AI systems without authorization.

The letter emphasizes that using Sony Music content for AI purposes without permission deprives the label and its artists of control and fair compensation for their work. It specifically calls out the use of copyrighted material in the training, development or commercialization of AI systems involving music, art and lyrics. Sony Musics lineup features artists such as Doja Cat, Billy Joel, Celine Dion and Lil Nas X. As of now Sony Music has not provided any comments in response to requests.

The music industry is closely monitoring the use of its copyrighted material in relation, to AI technologies.


YouTube for example has set rules, for AI generated content related to the music field while other industries have relaxed safeguards in place. Despite these regulations YouTube has also unveiled AI music tools like Dream Track that can produce songs mimicking artists based on text inputs.

A notable clash involving music copyrights and AI took place on TikTok. In February Universal Music Group (UMG) removed all its artists music from the platform after licensing negotiations. This led to videos losing their soundtracks as tracks from musicians such as Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande were taken down. However the silence was short lived. Swifts music reappeared on TikTok in April ahead of her album release. By May UMG and TikTok had settled their disputes. The new agreement includes safeguards against AI usage and fresh opportunities for monetization in e commerce.

According to a press release, “TikTok and UMG will collaborate to ensure that AI advancements in the music industry protect creativity and support artists and songwriters financially.”

Apart from copyright issues discussions have arisen about individuals control over their voices due, to the emergence of AI generated voice clones being used to craft songs.
AI firms frequently train algorithms by utilizing collections of recordings without authorization enabling individuals to produce content. Nonetheless upholding rights related to publicity and likeness poses difficulties due, to the frameworks in various U.S. States.

With the progression of AI intersecting with the music sector entities such as Sony Music are adopting measures to safeguard their content and guarantee remuneration, for artists creative endeavors.

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