Major record companies have begun to fight against songs created by artificial intelligence and argue about copyright infringement. According to legal experts, solving the situation is far from easy.

In the last few weeks, a lot of creations of famous artists have appeared in the video environment TikTok. Drake performs music by songwriter Colbie Caillat, Michael Jackson performs songs by The Weeknd, and Pop Smoke sings with lyrics by Ice Spice. Of course, these songs are not actually performed by these artists, but they are all created by means of artificial intelligence. These videos have garnered tens of millions of views.

Music industry players have already had AI-generated music removed from streaming services, citing copyright infringement. At the same time, legal experts say that the argument of referring to rights may not stick. Namely, there is no precedent yet for whether the real Drake can stop Drake the robot under copyright.

The problem with removing songs on grounds of copyright infringement is that these songs are not copying anything that is specifically protected by law. The songs appear to have been written by someone other than Drake and entered into voice cloning software, so the compositions are new original works. An artist’s voice, style or flow is usually not protected by copyright.

For example, if a future artist writes the lyrics themselves, makes a simple tune, records the vocals and puts it all behind The Weekend’s voice, then no existing work is copied.

Source: The Verge