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No AI Fakes Act Designed to Protect Performers’ Rights

The emergence of AI technologies capable of mimicking singing voices has opened up new creative possibilities, but also raised concerns about misuse of personal images and voices. A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate aims to give performers more control over digital replicas of themselves.

The No Fakes Act Explained

The No Fakes Act would require consent for the use of any individual’s voice, image, or likeness to create a digital replica. Performers would have the right to authorize or decline this use. Supporters say this will help prevent misinformation and unauthorized impersonations.

As a fan of music, film, and other creative arts, I urge readers to contact your senators and ask them to support the No Fakes Act. Performers deserve to control how their voice and image are used. This isn’t about limiting technology – it’s about basic rights.

Industry Associations Support the Bill

Meanwhile major industry groups like SAG-AFTRA and the RIAA have endorsed the bill’s approach. They recognize AI’s potential but want to prevent harmful applications. Recent viral examples like the fake Drake track show how digital replicas can already be misused.

The No Fakes Act allows plenty of room for transformative, creative uses of AI. Exceptions are made for parody, commentary, and other protected speech. What it aims to stop is wholesale impersonation without consent.

Similarly, there may be significant opportunities and financial upsides for artists who permit the use of voice replicas under fair profit-sharing deals.

As AI platforms continue to evolve, they should strive to establish equitable revenue-sharing arrangements with artists and record labels. With the proper consent and compensation structures in place, voice replication technology could become a creative and lucrative avenue for performers. We should encourage innovation in this space, while ensuring creators have control over their likenesses and receive their fair share of any commercial benefits.

Performers invest tremendous time and effort honing their craft. Their voice and persona are essential parts of their art. Don’t they deserve a say in how digital replicas are used?

Contact your senators today and urge them to support this balanced approach. The No Fakes Act will help ensure AI promotes creativity, not theft. Performers’ rights matter.

Note: This is a reprint from The Music Composition Blog.

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