More A.I. songs using Drake's vocals are surfacing online after Universal Music Group called for them to be taken down. One new song is titled "winters cold," as caught by TMZ, while another is labeled "Not a Game." Their release comes after an A.I. song featuring Drake and The Weeknd went viral on social media, earlier this week.
As for UMG's stance on the matter, the company wrote in a statement released on Tuesday that they are typically in favor of innovation in the arts. This case, however, is different. "With that said, however, the training of generative AI using our artists’ music (which represents both a breach of our agreements and a violation of copyright law) as well as the availability of infringing content created with generative AI on DSPs, begs the question as to which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: the side of artists, fans and human creative expression, or on the side of deep fakes, fraud and denying artists their due compensation," the statement reads.
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The statement continues: "These instances demonstrate why platforms have a fundamental legal and ethical responsibility to prevent the use of their services in ways that harm artists. We’re encouraged by the engagement of our platform partners on these issues–as they recognize they need to be part of the solution.”
Copyright law on the matter is still tricky. There are currently no regulations to dictate what AI can legally train. The US Copyright Office has, however, released a statement of guidance on the matter. As noted by CNN, they wrote: “In the case of works containing AI-generated material, the Office will consider whether the AI contributions are the result of ‘mechanical reproduction’ or instead of an author’s ‘own original mental conception, to which [the author] gave visible form.’”
It appears that, for now, the floodgates are opening for more A.I. songs being released using artists' likenesses. While “Heart on my Sleeve,” came from an anonymous TikTok user named Ghostwriter977, the origin of the new songs is unclear. Check out "winters cold" below.
Another A.I. Drake Song