Annually, the American Recording Industry Association (RIAA) publishes a list of several pirate sites that it considers threats to the copyright of the phonographic market. This year, however, the entity revealed an unprecedented concern: the artificial intelligence (AI). The RIAA’s main complaint is that original music was being used to create derivative works without the necessary permission.
The document was sent to the US Trade Representative Office on October 7 and obtained by TorrentFreak. In addition to the platforms it regularly reports — such as torrent sites, for example — several “AI-based” services have been listed by the RIAA as an “emerging threat.”
The entity, in fact, goes beyond advanced algorithms, referring also to complex self-learning systems. Some of them are even capable of extracting vocals or instrumentals from songs and mixing tracks just using an artificial intelligence system.
There are online services that, supposedly using artificial intelligence (AI), extract, or rather, copy the vocals, instrumentals or part of the instrumentals from a recording, and/or generate, master or remix a recording to be very similar or almost as good as reference tracks from selected and well-known artists.
Service promises to master music professionally using AI
One of the platforms heavily criticized by the RIAA is the songmaster. According to its website, the service promises to master any song based on the style of well-known artists like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift or Billie Eilish, for example.
The technology used in the platform is powered by Matchering 2.0, an open source application that is freely available on GitHub. In practice, it analyzes two audio files (the track you want to master and a “reference”) to make the user’s music sound professional.
such as the TorrentFreak pointed out, it’s not very clear where in this process AI is used. In this same category, the RIAA mentioned the services Acapella Extractor and remove vocalswhich serve to separate the vocal part of a song and its instrumental part.
The big point of the American body is the upload of copyrighted tracks, which are used to create derivative works without the permission of their owners.
In response, the developers of Songmastr and Acapella-Extractor informed the TorrentFreak that the RIAA has not contacted them to express its dissatisfaction.
Even so, the issue of copyright must still “give a rag”, after all, some questions can be raised about whether the content created by an AI is protected by copyright or, even, if an artificial intelligence can infringe the property. third-party intellectuals.
With information: TorrentFreak