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    YouTube Seeking Deals with Top Record Labels for AI Song Generator Tools: Report

    YouTube has initiated discussions with major record labels like Sony, Warner, and Universal to license their songs for creating a new artificial intelligence-based song generator, according to a report by Financial Times.

    According to sources that spoke to Financial Times, YouTube has offered “lumps sums of cash” to record labels to legally obtain popular artists’ songs to train its new AI tools. The new AI song generator tool could form a part of YouTube’s Shorts platform.

    The report also stated that these deals will involve one-off payments rather than royalty-based arrangements between labels and music streaming platforms.

    YouTube’s AI experiments:

    In 2023, YouTube began testing Dream Track in YouTube Shorts, enabling a group of US creators to generate 30-second soundtracks based on text prompts. Artists like Alec Benjamin, Charlie Puth, Charli XCX, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Papoose, Sia, T-Pain, and Troye Sivan collaborated with YouTube for the experiment. The tool allowed creators to create an original Shorts soundtrack featuring the AI-generated voice of one of the participating artists.

    YouTube has also initiated testing a new feature that uses AI to auto-generate summaries of videos, allowing users a quick overview before watching. YouTube is looking to bring in more artists on board to advance its experiments with AI for generating music.

    YouTube’s attempt at striking deals with record labels to get licensed access to artists’ music is akin to tech companies like OpenAI and Microsoft striking deals with news organizations for accessing news content amid risks of copyright strikes.

    Artists are growing wary of AI disruption:

    Record labels representing world-famous artists have warned AI companies against unauthorized use of their content to train their voice cloning tools. In May, Sony Music Group (SMG) wrote a letter to 700 tech firms including Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI inquiring whether the company’s songs have been used in training AI systems. The world’s largest music publisher alerted the firms that it will take measures to protect its intellectual property if it is discovered to be used unauthorizedly for AI.

    In April over 200 musicians wrote another letter urging AI developers, companies, platforms, and other stakeholders to “cease the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to infringe upon and devalue the rights of human artists.” Under the banner of the Artist Rights Alliance, the statement was signed by several prominent musicians, including Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder, Metro Boomin, Jon Bon Jovi, the estates of Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra, and others.

    Most recently, music labels including UMG, Sony Music, Warner Brothers Music, etc. have filed a joint complaint against Suno Inc. for alleged copyright infringement by its Suno AI service. The complaint filed before a District Court in Massachusetts, alleged that Suno’s AI model is trained on a vast amount of copyrighted sound recordings, including those owned by major record labels like Universal, Sony, and Warner. The complaint has sought an injunction and statutory damages amounting to up to $150,000 per work infringed.

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