The use of AI in the music industry is becoming increasingly popular. However, this has raised many concerns, including creativity, intellectual property, and safety. Recently, Spotify removed tens of thousands of AI-generated songs due to suspicious activity on its platform. According to a report published by the Financial Times, these songs were made using Boomy, an AI-driven music creation tool.
AI-driven music creation tool worries industry
Boomy, this music creation platform, has reportedly already reached over 14 million recordings, representing 13% of all music currently produced in the world. However, these AI-generated songs have reportedly been removed not because they were created using this technology, but rather because of the alleged use of bots to inflate reproductions and generate more revenue.
Universal Music Group, one of the industry's largest record labels, had previously asked platforms such as Spotify and Apple to block services that use AI to generate songs, arguing that it violated the copyright of its artists. Spotify responded by removing those songs that were likely manipulated.
A necessary foresight that protects artists
When it identified suspicious activity, Spotify said, “When we identify or are alerted to potential instances of stream manipulation, we mitigate the impact by taking action. This allows us to protect royalty payments for honest, hard-working artists.” This is because Spotify pays royalties to artists and copyright holders based on the number of plays on its platform.
While artists such as David Guetta are enthusiastic about the use of AI, some worry about the erosion of human creativity. That's why an alliance of musicians and artists has launched the “Human Art Campaign” to raise industry awareness of the challenges of using AI in music creation.
Ultimately, Spotify acted responsibly by removing AI-generated songs that were likely manipulated. Streaming platforms and record companies should closely monitor activity on their platforms to avoid manipulation and protect artists' rights.
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