YouTube tries to strike AI music deals with major labels

After launching a generative AI feature last year that produces music in the style of famous artists like Charli XCX, John Legend and T-Pain, YouTube is now asking major record labels to let it clone more musicians. According to the Financial TimeThe Google-owned video platform is offering to pay Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Records “cash lump sums” in exchange for licensing their songs to legally train its AI music tools .

YouTube said to The Financial Times that he is not looking to expand Dream Track – which was only supported by ten artists during its testing phase – but confirmed he was “in conversations with labels about other experiments”. According to the report, the platform aims to license music from “dozens” of artists, which will instead be used to train new AI tools that YouTube plans to launch later this year. The fees YouTube is willing to pay for these licenses have not been disclosed, but the report says these will likely be one-time payments rather than royalty-based arrangements.

News of the discussions comes just days after the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing record labels like Sony, Warner and Universal, filed separate copyright infringement lawsuits against two of the biggest AI-powered generative music companies. The labels claim that Suno and Udio’s productions were produced using “unlicensed copying of large-scale sound recordings,” with the RIAA seeking damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.

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News Source : www.theverge.com

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