The music industry has officially declared war on Suno and Udio, two of the most prominent AI music generators. A group of music labels including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Group has filed lawsuits in US federal court on Monday morning alleging copyright infringement on a “massive scale.”

The plaintiffs seek damages up to $150,000 per work infringed. The lawsuit against Suno is filed in Massachusetts, while the case against Udio’s parent company Uncharted Inc. was filed in New York. Suno and Udio did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

“Unlicensed services like Suno and Udio that claim it’s ‘fair’ to copy an artist’s life’s work and exploit it for their own profit without consent or pay set back the promise of genuinely innovative AI for us all,” Recording Industry Association of America chair and CEO Mitch Glazier said in a press release.

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    The best part about this is that UMG WMG and SMG all simultaneously went “you can’t take an artist’s life work and exploit it, that’s unfair, it’s OUR job to take an artist’s life’s work and exploit it”

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      I mean yes to the sentiment but it would be quite a bit different if these artists signed a distribution contract with the AI company saying they got a miniscule percentage of royalties for every track somebody generated or even licensed this music to train on whatsoever.

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      This is true in the art industry as well. Many outsourced artists from third world countries are exploited with unreasonable wages and long hours

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    I can’t tell which one is a shittier actor here…

    Eitherway, this is not good for end consumer lol

    We always get fucked

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      I hate to say it, but I kinda hope the music copyright cartel wins this one, only for the precedent it would set about things like proprietary use of MS Copilot output being an infringement of GPL-licensed code.

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        Yeah, as someone who’s fought against the RIAA/MPAA copyright lobbying in my country, I think I’m on their side on this one.

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        GPL code is the least concern, you can always just say the AI-generated code is GPL. What about training on leaked proprietary code? The training data already known to include medical records, CSAM, etc., wouldn’t be surprised if it also contained proprietary code.

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        I don’t know which one is better tbh

        the devil you know or the one you don’t!

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          Having all AI-generated code be either “viral” copyleft or illegal to use at all would certainly be better than allowing massive laundering of GPL-licensed code for exploitation in proprietary software.

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              That’s the argument I would be making, but it certainly isn’t Microsoft’s (Copilot), OpenAI’s (Codex), etc’s position: they think the output is sufficiently laundered from the GPL training data so as not to constitute a derivative work (which means none of the original licenses – “open source” or otherwise – would apply, and the recipient could do whatever they want).

              Edit: actually, to be more clear, I would take either of two positions:

              1. That the presence of GPL (or in general, copyleft) code in the training dataset requires all output to be GPL (or in general, copyleft).

              2. That the presence of both GPL code and code under incompatible licenses in the training dataset means that the AI output cannot legally be used at all.

              (Position #2 seems more likely, as the license for proprietary code would be violated, too. It’s just that I don’t care about that; I only care about protecting the copyleft parts.)

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            Damn i see your point here tbh…

            i am vaguely familiar with software licensing is GPL type of open source?

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              i am vaguely familiar with software licensing is GPL type of open source?

              You could say that, LOL. It’s the OG of “copyleft” licenses (the guy that made it invented the concept), although “permissive” licenses (BSD, MIT) existed before.

              “Copyleft” and “permissive” are the two major categories of Free Software (a.k.a. “open source”, although that term has different connotations) license. The difference between them is that “copyleft” requires future modifications by people other than the copyright holders to be released under the same terms, while “permissive” does not. In other words, “copyleft” protects the freedom of future users to control their computer by being able to modify the software on it, while “permissive” maximizes the freedom of other developers to do whatever they want with the code (including using it in proprietary apps, to exploit people).

              See also: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html

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    Of course, because music belongs to the Record Labels. How dare it be made without their consent (and a cut being paid).

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    Music copyright is such a shitshow. It doesn’t surprise that they would try this.

    Edit: I just heard the generated songs that are part of the lawsuit. They’re pretty fucked if this is true,

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    Our technology is transformative; it is designed to generate completely new outputs, not to memorize and regurgitate pre-existing content

    Oops! You appear to have consumed and believed your own shit you’re peddling

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    Aren’t there two guys who already “own” all possible combinations of notes they should get in on the fight too

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    So exploiting artists is fine, but when the labels get scammed, that’s where they draw the line?

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      But of course. If artists want to fight for their rights, they better get their own lawyers.

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    I can’t believe I’m on the music industry’s side on this. It’s a sad day when I have to root for the team that’s made it hard for me to make a living while they fight against the team that’s trying to make me obsolete.

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      Staggeringly naive, tbh. Your profession will be made obsolete as a self-sustaining for-profit enterprise either way. The difference is that the tooling can either be owned exclusively by megacorp, or it can be owned by people.

      It’s better to be a bard relying on the charity and small custom of others than a literal sharecropper fueling Universal’s proprietary model for next to nothing. At least in the former case you’re free.

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    AI tools and entertainment will become common place in the future. All these lawsuits decide is if we can have it for free or through a subscription payed to Sony and friends.

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    Okay, now we’re cooking!

    This is like when the bad guy from the last movie teams up with the heroes at the last minute to help fight the new big bad.

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    Because humans don’t also take inspiration from other’s work they’ve heard and unconsciously repeat part of other songs they’ve heard before, possibly decades ago. Never happens. Never. Humans don’t profit from books they’ve read and apply to their career. Humans don’t profit from watching other humans do the thing and then learn to do it themselves.

    All AI does is do the same thing but at ridiculous scale and ridiculous speeds. We shouldn’t hold progress because capitalism dictates that we shouldn’t put people out of jobs. We need to prepare for the future where there is no jobs and AI replaced all of them.

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      AI isn’t “like a person” it doesn’t “learn like a person” it doesn’t “think like a person” it’s nothing like a person. It’s a a machine that creates copies of whatever you put into it. It’s a machine that a real person, or group of people, own. These people TAKE all the stuff everyone else created and put it into their copy machine.

      In fact it’s really easy to show that it’s a copy machine because the less stuff you put into it the more of a direct copy you get out of it. If you put only one song, or one artist, into it then virtually everything it creates would be direct copyright infringements. If you put all of the worlds music into it the copying becomes more blurred, more complex, more interesting, and therefore more valuable.

      Sure AI is a great innovation, but if someone wants to put my work into a copying machine they’re going to have to acquire it from me legally.

      No one is against AI, we’re just against the people who own the AI machines stealing our work without paying for it.

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      Someone posted links to some of the AI generated songs, and they are straight up copying. Blatantly so. If a human made them, they would be sued, too.

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        I think with all the frivolous lawsuits based on music sounding similar in cases like Kate Perry and Ed Sheeran lately, you’d be crazy to release AI generated music right now. Marvin Gaye’s estate probably have lawsuits already drafted up.

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        Multi-billion dollar corporations like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Group?

        All of music is basically owned by like 4 companies. This is them trying to make sure they own all AI generated music too.

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      But a human can synthesize all those works and transform them into something new. All the AI is doing is regurgitating stuff it has heard before. I don’t want to try to put a bot on the same level as human creativity.