The battle between the music industry and artificial intelligence (AI) continues as reports claim Spotify is taking down AI-generated music.
A Financial Times report revealed that the music streaming platform had removed 7% of songs created by the AI music startup Boomy, amounting to “tens of thousands” of songs.
Spotify is also said to be ramping up its policing of the platform, in light of the situation.
This comes after Spotify and other streaming services began receiving complaints of fraud and clutter on the platform. Music industry giant Universal Music Group alerted streaming service providers of “suspicious streaming activity” on Boomy tracks, according to FT sources.
Ultimately the Boomy songs were removed due to suspected “artificial streaming” of bots posing as listeners. Spotify commented saying:
“Artificial streaming is a longstanding, industry-wide issue that Spotify is working to stamp out across our service.”
Representatives from Boomy said the platform is “categorically against” all manipulation or artificial streaming of any kind.
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Lucian Grainge, a chief executive at UGM commented to investors that:
“The recent explosive development in generative AI will, if left unchecked, both increase the flood of unwanted content on platforms and create rights issues with respect to existing copyright law”.
Last month, UMG sent an email to streaming services, including Spotify, to block AI services from having access to music catalogs for training purposes. UMG has also been sending requests “left and right” to take down AI-generated songs from platforms.
While music industry giants are fighting to control AI, other artists, such as Grimes, are championing the technology. The musician gave creators permission to use her voice and be a “guinea pig” for AI music creation as long as a small set of rules were followed, and royalties were split.
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