Celebrities Warn AI Threat to Artists

According to the Hollywood Reporter, around 200 artists, including Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello have signed in a open letter warning about AI threat to artists. Other artists, such as Sam Smith, HYBE, Jon Bon Jovi and Norah Jones, have already raised an alarm on artificial intelligence producing vocal “copycats” that threaten to replace popular artists and creators.

Jen Jacobsen, executive director of the Artists Rights Alliance (ARA), told in a statement, “Working musicians are already struggling to make ends meet in the streaming world, and now they have the added burden of trying to compete with a deluge of AI-generated noise. The unethical use of generative AI to replace human artists will devalue the entire music ecosystem — for artists and fans alike.”

The artists’ open letter stated:

Make no mistake: we believe that, when used responsibly, AI has enormous potential to advance human creativity and in a manner that enables the development and growth of new and exciting experiences for music fans everywhere. Unfortunately, some platforms and developers are employing AI to sabotage creativity and undermine artists, songwriters, musicians and rights holders.

We must protect against the predatory use of AI to steal professional artists’ voices and likenesses, violate creators’ rights, and destroy the music ecosystem. We call on all digital music platforms and music-based services to pledge that they will not develop or deploy AI music-generation technology, content, or tools that undermine or replace the human artistry of songwriters and artists or deny us fair compensation for our work.

The full list of the celebrities signing the open letter and behind the campaign is available on the Artists Rights Alliance website.