Viral 'BBL Drizzy' AI Drake Diss Track Company Gets Sued

The Music Industry Fights Back Against Unauthorized AI Music Generation

In a significant development in the ongoing battle over the use of AI in music creation, a group of major record labels has filed lawsuits against two AI startups, Suno and Uncharted Labs (the developer behind Udio). The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing labels such as Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Records, alleges that these companies have wrongfully used popular artists' work to train their AI systems, producing copyrighted music without the necessary permissions.

The lawsuit against Udio, the company behind the viral "BBL Drizzy" AI-generated song that surfaced during the Kendrick Lamar and Drake feud, claims that the startup's platform was developed with the intention of making it "easy for anyone to create emotionally resonant music in an instant." Udio, founded last year by former Google DeepMind researchers, raised $10 million in funding in April.

Meanwhile, Suno, which allows users to create songs with just a few prompts, has also been targeted by the RIAA. The platform relies on OpenAI's ChatGPT for lyrics and title development and recently raised $125 million in funding.

"These digital music files have been released to the public—some already finding their way onto the major streaming services—and compete with the copyrighted sound recordings that enabled their creation; yet Suno sought no permission from and gives no credit or compensation to the human artists or other rightsholders whose works fueled their creation."

RIAA CEO Mitch Glazier asserted that these lawsuits are necessary to "reinforce the most basic rules of the road for the responsible, ethical, and lawful development of generative AI systems and to bring Suno's and Udio's blatant infringement to an end." He acknowledged that the music community is already collaborating with "responsible developers to build sustainable AI tools" that empower artists and songwriters, but he criticized unlicensed services that exploit an artist's work "without consent or pay."

This legal action comes on the heels of an open letter signed by over 200 artists, including Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin, Ja Rule, and others, organized by the non-profit Artist Rights Alliance. The letter called on AI developers, technology companies, platforms, and digital music services to "cease the use of artificial intelligence to infringe upon and devalue the rights of human artists."

The lawsuit against Udio emphasizes that if generative AI tools are developed with the permission and participation of copyright owners, they can assist humans in creating new and innovative music. However, if these tools are "developed irresponsibly, without regard for fundamental copyright protections, those same tools threaten enduring and irreparable harm to recording artists, record labels, and the music industry, inevitably reducing the quality of new music available to consumers and diminishing our shared culture."

The legal battle over the use of AI in music creation is far from over, and the outcome of these lawsuits will have significant implications for the future of the industry. As AI technology continues to evolve, the music community is determined to ensure that the rights of artists and songwriters are protected, and that any advancements in AI-powered music creation are done in a responsible and ethical manner.

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The stakes are high, as the music industry grapples with the disruptive potential of AI technology. While the promise of AI-powered music creation is enticing, the RIAA and its member labels are determined to ensure that the rights of artists and songwriters are respected and that the integrity of the music industry is preserved.

As the legal battle unfolds, the music community will be closely watching to see how the courts rule on these critical issues. The outcome of these lawsuits will undoubtedly shape the future direction of AI-powered music creation and the way in which artists, songwriters, and the industry at large navigate this rapidly evolving landscape.

Lawsuits against AI music companies

In the meantime, the music industry's fight against unauthorized AI music generation serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges and complexities that come with the intersection of technology, creativity, and intellectual property rights. As the industry continues to navigate this uncharted territory, the outcome of these lawsuits will be closely watched by artists, music fans, and the broader technology community alike.