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Music Giants Sue Suno and Udio For Copyright Infringement

The singer Mariah Carey

Record companies are suing song generators Suno and Udio for exploiting work by artists like Chuck Berry and Mariah Carey. 

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced the lawsuits launched by labels like Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group Recordings, and Warner Records.

One case has been filed in federal court in Boston against Suno AI.

The others target Uncharted Labs, the developer of Udio AI, in New York. 

The lawsuits claim Suno and Udio’s software illicitly uses music to produce similar works.

They demand compensation of $150,000 (£118,200, A$225,400) per infringed work.

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Suno, which launched its first product last year and offers a subscription-based service, has a partnership with Microsoft. 

Udio's app was released in April.

It gained popularity when US producer Metro Boomin used it to create BBL Drizzy.

This was a viral parody of diss tracks between endrick Lamar and Drake.

“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”

Mikey Shulman, CEO of Suno AI, said the technology was “designed to generate completely new outputs, not to memorise and regurgitate pre-existing content.

He said it won’t allow users to reference specific artists. 

Udio has yet to respond to requests for comment.

RIAA’s chairman and CEO, Mitch Glazier, said the music industry collaborated with responsible AI developers. 

However, he said, “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”.

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The intersection of AI and the music industry has sparked intense debate.

The debate ranged over the balance of the creative possibilities of new technology against legal and ethical concerns. 

In March, Tennessee became the first US state to pass legislation protecting musicians from the potential misuse of AI. 

The legislation aims to prevent the replication of an artist’s voice without consent.

Over 200 artists signed an open letter from the Artist Rights Alliance in April.

It urged AI tech companies, developers, and digital music platforms to stop using AI to infringe upon and devalue the rights of human artists.

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