With the rapid advancement of technology, companies in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are constantly pushing boundaries to enhance their products. However, one particular company, Stability AI, has recently faced controversy over its use of copyrighted materials without permission […]
With the rapid advancement of technology, companies in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are constantly pushing boundaries to enhance their products. However, one particular company, Stability AI, has recently faced controversy over its use of copyrighted materials without permission in the training of its AI systems. In response to this practice, the company’s former sound leader, Ed Newton-Rex, resigned, deeming it “exploitative.”
Many AI companies, including Stability AI, argue that the use of copyrighted content falls under the concept of “fair use.” They claim that the development of creativity is the main argument in defense of this practice. AI systems are trained using vast amounts of data, often sourced from the internet without the permission of the content creators. This includes generative AI, which produces content such as images, sounds, videos, and music that closely mimic or replicate the style of individual artists.
Newton-Rex, a choir composer, stated that he would not allow AI programmers to freely use his music. He believes that many artists create content with the hope that their intellectual property will gain value over time. However, they are now faced with their works being used to create competition or even complete replacements for human artists.
This case sheds light on the controversial debate surrounding the use of copyrighted material in training AI tools. Some creators, including American comedian Sarah Silverman and “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin, have initiated legal actions against AI companies, alleging that their works have been used without permission to train products capable of reproducing content in their unique style.
While an AI-generated track featuring the voices of musicians Drake and The Weeknd was removed from the Spotify platform after it was discovered to have been created without their consent, the CEO of Spotify later stated that they would not completely ban AI from the platform.
Despite the controversy surrounding this practice, Stability AI is currently participating in a study on generative artificial intelligence and copyright policy conducted by the U.S. Copyright Office.