July 15, 2024
Record Labels Sue AI Company Behind 'BBL Drizzy'

Record Labels Sue AI Company Behind ‘BBL Drizzy’

A group of record labels, including the big three — Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Records — are suing two leading generative AI music companies, alleging massive copyright violations. The AI companies, Suno and Udio, are accused of using text prompts to generate original songs without proper licensing. Suno, partnered with Microsoft Copilot, and Udio, known for creating the viral “BBL Drizzy,” are the main targets of these lawsuits.

Record Labels Complaint File

Legal Battle Against AI Companies

The case against Suno was filed in Boston federal court, while the Udio case was filed in New York. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is spearheading these lawsuits, seeking damages of up to $150,000 per work, along with other fees. RIAA’s chief legal officer, Ken Doroshow, stated, “These are straightforward cases of copyright infringement involving unlicensed copying of sound recordings on a massive scale.” The plaintiffs claim that Suno and Udio used artists’ work without consent, covering various genres and eras.

Defense and Counterclaims

When confronted about using copyrighted works, Suno deflected, claiming that its training data was “confidential business information.” Udio made similar claims. The complaint against Suno reads,

“If Suno had taken efforts to avoid copying Plaintiffs’ sound recordings and ingesting them into its AI model, Suno’s service would not be able to reproduce the convincing imitations of such a vast range of human musical expression at the quality that Suno touts.”

This lawsuit represents a significant move in the ongoing conflict between the music industry and tech companies offering AI tools. Previously, UMG and other publishers sued Anthropic for distributing copyrighted song lyrics via the Claude 2 system. The battle between artists, record labels, and AI companies began last year with a fake Drake song generated using AI, highlighting the risks of AI deepfakes in music.

Broader Implications and Industry Response

Platforms like TikTok and YouTube have also been affected by the proliferation of AI-generated music. Earlier this year, UMG artists’ music, including Taylor Swift’s, was temporarily removed from TikTok due to licensing issues and AI concerns. Last fall, YouTube implemented a system to remove AI-generated music content at rights holders’ requests. In May, Sony Music sent letters to hundreds of tech companies, warning them against unauthorized use of copyrighted work.

Suno executives anticipated the possibility of being sued, as highlighted in a Rolling Stone profile. Antonio Rodriguez, an early investor in Suno, mentioned,

“Honestly, if we had deals with labels when this company got started, I probably wouldn’t have invested in it.”

AI companies have been secretive about their training data, with OpenAI facing lawsuits from authors and news publishers. The fear is that AI-generated music could significantly impact human artists’ earnings. In April, the Artist Rights Alliance demanded AI companies stop infringing on and devaluing artists’ rights, underscoring the growing concern within the creative industries.

Image by Sergei Tokmakov, Esq. https://Terms.Law from Pixabay

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