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Suno and Udio Sued by Major Labels Over Copyright Suno and Udio Sued by Major Labels Over Copyright
Major global record labels have initiated lawsuits against two leading AI music-making companies, Suno and Udio-maker Uncharted Labs. The lawsuits, filed... Suno and Udio Sued by Major Labels Over Copyright

Major global record labels have initiated lawsuits against two leading AI music-making companies, Suno and Udio-maker Uncharted Labs. The lawsuits, filed by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and others, allege infringement of copyrighted sound recordings through the use of AI-generated music.

These legal actions, orchestrated by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), were lodged in U.S. federal courts across the District of Massachusetts and the Southern District of New York on Monday.

The controversy centers on the AI companies’ ability to generate full songs from text prompts, utilizing AI versions of real artists’ voices—a practice that has sparked a myriad of legal and ethical concerns. This capability, according to the music industry, undermines both the creative integrity and the economic rights of human artists.

Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, emphasized the music industry’s conditional acceptance of AI, stating, “The music community has embraced AI and we are already partnering and collaborating with responsible developers to build sustainable AI tools centered on human creativity that put artists and songwriters in charge.

He highlighted the necessity of cooperation from developers to ensure the ethical deployment of AI technologies. The legal documents accuse Suno and Udio of “copying decades worth of the world’s most popular sound recordings” to train their models, branding the companies as “deliberately evasive” about their data sources.

The labels argue that the realistic output of these AI tools could only have been achieved by using extensive collections of copyrighted music, encompassing diverse genres, styles, and eras. In response to the allegations, Udio pointed to their efforts to mitigate copyright infringement risks, noting on their blog, “We are completely uninterested in reproducing content in our training set, and in fact, have implemented and continue to refine state-of-the-art filters to ensure our model does not reproduce copyrighted works or artists’ voices.“.

This legal battle follows various recent controversies involving AI in music, including incidents where AI was used to mimic iconic voices without authorization, leading to additional legal threats and take-downs.

The record labels are seeking legal declarations confirming that Suno and Udio infringed upon their copyrights, alongside injunctions to prevent future violations and compensation for damages already incurred.

Ken Doroshow, RIAA Chief Legal Officer, remarked, “These lawsuits are necessary to reinforce the most basic rules of the road for the responsible, ethical, and lawful development of generative AI systems and to bring Suno’s and Udio’s blatant infringement to an end.

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