Check out this article I found, man. So, there’s this Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music in France, right? And they’re making a bold move, exercising their right to opt-out from making their members’ work freely available for use in the development of artificial intelligence tools. Can you believe it?
Now, this society represents a whopping 210,800 members, including creators and publishers. That’s a crazy amount of people! And get this, they manage a global repertoire of 166 million works. That’s a ton of music, dude!
So, why are they doing this? Well, there’s been a lot of debate in Europe lately about the implications of AI technology for professionals in the creative industries. And there’s also concern about how AI tools are trained using original works. It’s a tricky situation, you know?
According to the society, data mining of their works by entities developing AI tools will now require prior authorization from them. They want to ensure fair remuneration for their members, which is totally understandable, right? They’re just looking out for their artists and composers.
But hey, they’re not trying to stop the development of AI. They actually think it’s pretty cool. It’s already a part of their daily lives as creators. They just want it to be more virtuous and transparent. They don’t want their members’ creative works to be used without their consent to train AI tools. Seems fair to me, man.
The CEO of the society, Cécile Rap-Veber, said they’ll stay committed and vigilant when it comes to the impact AI may have on their creators and publishers. They’ve done it in the past with other technological developments in the music world, so they know what they’re doing.
This comes at a time when the European Union is finalizing its new Artificial Intelligence Act. And there’s been a lot of lobbying and concerns from writers, translation guilds, and cultural sector bodies about the use of AI and the need for transparency and copyright protection.
So, let’s see how this all plays out, man. It’s definitely gonna be interesting to see how AI and the creative industries come together in the future.