Universal Music Group has responded to the popular AI-replicated Drake track, “heart on my sleeve,” that has accumulated more than 230,000 plays on YouTube and 625,000 plays on Spotify. The track has since been deleted from streaming platforms.
“UMG’s success has been, in part, due to embracing new technology and putting it to work for our artists–as we have been doing with our own innovation around AI for some time already,” stated UMG. “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.”
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